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Harnwell Professor: Warren Pear
May 11, 2010, Volume 56, No. 33



Provost Vincent Price is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Warren S. Pear, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, to the Gaylord P. and Mary Louise Harnwell Professorship. 

A professor at Penn for 14 years, Dr. Pear is a distinguished cancer researcher and a faculty member of Penn’s Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute. His work focuses on the development of hematopoietic (blood-producing) cells from hematopoietic stem cells, their function, and the abnormal processes that transform normal hematopoietic cells into cancer cells. 

He earned an MD (1989) from the University of Rochester, a PhD in tumor biology (1987) from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and a BA (1980) from Williams College. 

The Harnwell Professorship was created by the Trustees in 1963 to honor the tenth anniversary of Dr. Harnwell’s tenure as president of the University, which continued until 1970. The chair is not confined to a specific school, department, or discipline; its main qualifications are the depth and breadth of scholarship and national and international reputation of the faculty member. It was held previously by Dr. Peter Nowell, professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, who taught at Penn for almost 50 years and will receive an honorary degree at Penn’s 2010 Commencement. 



Almanac - May 11, 2010, Volume 56, No. 33