Societies Should Provide The Journals That Scientists Need

Editor's Note: In a career spanning nearly 50 years, William J. Whelan--now a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Miami--has published some 250 research papers and edited more than 20 scholarly books, his main interest being the biogenesis of polysaccharides and action patterns of the polysaccharide enzymes of metabolism. Throughout his career, Whelan also has served as editor and developer of more

William Whelan
Apr 17, 1994

Editor's Note: In a career spanning nearly 50 years, William J. Whelan--now a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Miami--has published some 250 research papers and edited more than 20 scholarly books, his main interest being the biogenesis of polysaccharides and action patterns of the polysaccharide enzymes of metabolism. Throughout his career, Whelan also has served as editor and developer of more than a dozen scientific journals, including the Biochemical Journal, Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TIBS), and FEBS Letters, a publication of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Since 1987, he has served as the first editor-in-chief of the prestigious FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Eugene Garfield, publisher of The Scientist and founder of the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), has known Whelan since the 1950s. "My association with Bill goes back to a FASEB...