- Jack Cohen (scientist)
He studied at University College, Hull obtaining a
BSc(external degree of the University of London) in 1954.He obtained his PhDin Zoologyat the same institution, (by then Hull University) in 1957. He went to the University of Birminghamfor post-doctoral work, and was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Zoologyand Comparative Physiology in 1959. He worked for a year at Harvard Medical Schoolthen returned to Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer in 1968, a position he held until 1987. His former students include Sir Paul Nursewinner of the 2001 Nobel Prizefor Medicine, and Dr Arthur Jones, a proponent of intelligent design. In 1974 the University of Birminghamawarded him a DScfor his work.
During 1987 to 1989 he was Senior Embryological Advisor and Manager of Laboratories at the
IVF/Infertility Clinic of a Londonprivate hospital. During 1995 to 1996 he was Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute, Israel. From 1996 to 2000 he was a consultant at the University of Warwickjointly to the Ecosystems Unit of the Biology Dept and the Mathematics Institute. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warwickand a Visiting Professor at Durham Business School.
He has published in prestigious journals such as "Nature" and written textbooks such as "Living Embryos - an Introduction to the Study of Animal Development" (1967) and "Reproduction" (1977). His theory of sperm redundancy [J. Cohen "Nature" 215, 862 - 863 (1967)] has been important in studies of fertility and treatment of infertility. He is a Fellow of the
Institute of Biology.
Cohen has worked as a consultant for both
science fiction televisionshows and science fictionnovelists on how to construct plausible aliens. His collaborators and associated works include Anne McCaffreyfor the " Dragonriders of Pern"; the "Legacy of Heorot" collaboration of Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelleand Steven Barnes; and several works by Terry Pratchettand David Gerroldwhich he helped design the Chtorrecology.
Jack Cohen is a member of the high
IQsociety Mensa. He was one of the small group of British Mensans who persuaded science fiction author Isaac Asimovto visit the United Kingdomin June 1974. [http://www.andrew-may.com/asf/asimov.htm]
Terry Pratchettmade both Jack and Professor Ian Stewart "Honorary Wizards of the Unseen University" at the same ceremony at which the University of Warwickgave Terry Pratchett an honorary degree.
His hobbies, according to profiles in the front of his books, include
boomerang-throwing and keeping strange animals.
The Science of Discworld", with Ian Stewart and Terry Pratchett
*"", with Ian Stewart and
*"", with Ian Stewart and
Figments of Reality", with Ian Stewart (non-fiction)
The Collapse of Chaos", with Ian Stewart (non-fiction)
*"", with Ian Stewart. The American and second editions were published as "What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life"
*"Wheelers", with Ian Stewart (fiction)
*"Heaven" (fiction), with Ian Stewart, ISBN 0-446-52983-4, Aspect (May 2004)
* "Living Embryos", Pergamon (1967)
* "Reproduction", Butterworths (1977)
* "Spermatozoa, Antibodies and Infertility" (1978) with W. F. Hendry
* "Living Embryos" (1981) with B. D. Massey
* "Animal Reproduction: parents making parents" (1984) with B. D. Massey
* "The Privileged Ape" (1989)
* "Stop Working and Start Thinking" (2000) with Graham Medley
* From "What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life":" [S] cience is the best defense against believing what we want to." (Cohen himself actually gives credit for this quote to his co-author, Stewart).
* [http://www.drjackcohen.net/ Jack Cohen's home page]
* [http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000081565/ Press release about Terry Pratchett "Wizard Making" of Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart at the University of Warwick]
* [http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~susan/sf/cons/cohen.htm Jack Cohen SF talks and publications]
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