Howard A. Schneiderman, 63, chief scientist and senior vice president of the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co., died December 5. Schneiderman came to Monsanto in 1979 from the University of California, Irvine, where he was dean of the school of biological sciences and director of the Center for Pathobiology. He conducted research in developmental biology and genetics. Under Schneiderman's direction, Monsanto built the Life Sciences Research Center for biotechnology research in Chesterfield, Mo.
Schneiderman graduated from Swarthmore College in 1948. He earned a master's degree in zoology in 1949 and a doctorate in physiology in 1952 from Harvard University. He was a member of the National Science Board, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences' Council of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. He was also a member of The Scientist's Editorial Advisory Board.