| Director of Center for the Study of Science and Religion (CSSR)
Director of University Seminars
Robert Pollack, Professor of Biological Sciences, joined the
faculty of Columbia University in 1978.
His teaching focuses on the application of knowledge of the natural
world to problems that require decisions which cannot be based solely on such data-driven
knowledge. Until 1991 his NIH-supported
laboratory research focused on elaboration of his discovery in 1968 that the clonal
descendants of tumor cells include genetically stable revertant cells, capable
of growing into normal populations in turn.
Beginning in the late 1990s, after he had set aside lab work in order to
write a series of books, he has been pleased to note that other laboratories
have begun to apply his discovery to the development of novel forms of cancer chemotherapy. As a result, his current ResearchGate score
B.A., Columbia College, Physics, 1961
Ph.D., Brandeis University, Biology, 1966
Pollack, Amy and Robert Pollack, 2014. 2nd
edition, The course of Nature, in press. 1st edition, 2012, Stevens Inst. of Technology.
Pollack, R., with frontispiece by Amy
Pollack, 2012. The 1999 Schoff Memorial Lectures, paperback edition: The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith. New york, Columbia University Press.
Pollack, R., with frontispiece by Amy
Pollack, 1999. The Missing Moment: How
the Unconscious Shapes Modern Science.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
Pollack, R.., with frontispiece
by Amy Pollack, 1994. Signs of Life: The Language and meaning of
DNA. Boston, Houghton Mifflin
2014 Pollack, R., in press. Preface, Computation and Chemistry on the Quest for Life's Origin, ed. B.
Damer, J. Seckbach and R. Gordon, Springer,
R. 2013 Pollack, R., in press. The
Embodied Self., Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
2013 Pollack, R.
Foreword, Our Journey to the End: Death,
Dying and Bereavement in America, ed. C. Staudt. New York, Praeger
Beale, N. and R. Pollack. The Great
Commandment, Tao, and the Survival of Humanity. Union Sem. Quarterly Report.
Pollack, R.. "The religious obligation to ask questions of Nature and the State." Tenth Dietrich Bonhoeffer Symposium, Berlin, April 30, 2005. Union Seminary Quarterly Report, 60.
Pollack, R. "Wisdom versus knowledge: an agenda for a more humane medical science," FASEB
J., 13: 1477-1480.
Pollack, R. New York Times Op-Ed,
"Get Moving on AIDS." September 30.
1981. Pollack, R., "From Theory to Praxis: Columbia can and should include science in the general education curriculum."
Columbia College Today 8: 21-24.
Pollack, R., M. Osborn and K. Weber. Patterns
of organization of Actin and Myosin in Normal and Transformed cells. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 72: 994-998.
Shin, S., Freedman, V., Risser R., and Pollack, R. Tumorigenicity of virus-transformed cells in nude mice is correlated specifically with anchorage independent growth in vitro. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 72: 4435-4439.
Pollack, R., H. Green, H., and G. Todaro. Growth control in cultured cells: Selection of sublines with increased sensitivity to contact inhibition and decreased tumor-producing ability. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 60: 126-133.
Awards and Honors
Professor Pollack has won an NIH Career Development award,
the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the Lionel Trilling Award, the
Gitelson-Meyerowitz Distinguished Service Award, the Geshom Mendel Seixas
Award, and the Wisdom Medal. He has been
a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has given the Brockman Memorial Lecture at the University
of Michigan, the Schoff Memorial Lectures of the University Seminars at
Columbia, the Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities at The College of Physicians
and Surgeons, the Mendel Lecture at St. Peter's College, and the Bonhoeffer
Lecture at Humboldt University in Berlin.
He has also spoken in recent years to congregations at The
Riverside church, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Union Theological seminary, All
Souls Church, St. Barts, and Communion and Liberation.
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