J. Stanton King, PhD

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1981 Outstanding Contributions in a Selected Area of Research

J. Stanton King will receive the ninth the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Special Area, the area in this case being Association publications. The award is sponsored by the Boehringer Mannheim Corporation.

Dr. King was born in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1922. He attended Berea College (Kentucky) 1940–1943, when he was called from the Army Inactive Reserve to duty in the U.S. Army Air Force. Discharged in 1946, he enrolled in the University of Chicago, from which he received the B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1947. After some graduate work there and a stint in the research department of the S. E. Massengill Co. (now Beecham Laboratories), he did graduate study at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Tennessee, Memphis, receiving the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry in 1954, when he was again employed as research biochemist by the Massengill Co.

He joined the Department of Urology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College (now University) in 1956, leaving it in 1969 as Research Associate Professor of Urology (Biochemistry). In 1968, he took a leave of absence to enroll in a special NIH-sponsored course in scientific editing at The Rockefeller University. Shortly after completing this course in 1969 he was employed half-time by AACC as executive editor, a position that became full time in January 1971, when King also was made AACC executive director, a post he held until February 1974.

Dr. King is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and a monograph. He is or has been a member of AACC, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Sigma Xi, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow (1959–62) and received an NIH Career Development Award (1962–1967). His research dealt principally with the problems of drug action and metabolism, calculous disease, urinary constituents of high molecular mass, atherosclerosis, and Down’s syndrome.

He edited the proceedings of a Brazilian international conference on Renal Neoplasia (Little, Brown, 1967) and has been personally responsible for the editorial and overall design and production aspects of 13 AACC books, in addition to Clinical Chemistry, the official journal of AACC.

He is on the international committee for Biometrica (Madrid), the Advisory Board of LAB (Verona), and the Publication Committee of NCCLS. He is listed in Who’s Who in North Carolina and Outstanding Americans of the South.

He is a member of the Council of Biology Editors, the Society of National Association Publications, and the Committee of Editors of Biochemistry Journals.