October 7, 2004
George Poste, director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, has been named 2004 Scientist of the Year by R &D magazine, ASU officials announced Wednesday.
The award honors Poste for his 38-year career as a researcher, scholar and policy-maker. Poste was recruited by ASU in May 2003 to head the Biodesign Institute. He also is the Del E. Webb Distinguished Professor of Biology at ASU.
During his career, Poste has registered 31 new drug, vaccine and diagnostic products, according to ASU.
Past recipients of the Scientist of the Year award by R &D magazine include Kary Mullis, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993; J. Craig Venter, whose company helped decode the human genome; Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; and Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. R &D magazine is read by more than 80,000 scientists and engineers worldwide.
Poste is a fellow of the Royal Society, a fellow of Pembroke College at Cambridge and distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Poste was chairman of the task force on bioterrorism for the U.S. Defense Department. He is a member of the Defense Science Board that advises the secretary of defense, the Defense Department’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Sciences Working Group on Biological Weapons and the Institute of Medicine’s Board of Global Health Forum on Microbial Threats.