About Dr. Gerald Pollack
Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Dr. Gerald Pollack is an international leader in the field of water research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Since then, his research interests have ranged broadly over the scientific spectrum, from cardiac dynamics and electrophysiology, to muscle contraction, cell biology, and more recently to the role of water in nature.
Currently Dr. Pollack runs the Pollack Laboratory at the University of Washington, which focuses on uncovering some of nature’s most deeply held secrets. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the scientific journal WATER, a multidisciplinary research journal that brings together water-oriented research from diverse disciplines.
Professor Pollack has earned many distinctions, medals, and honors. He was awarded the highest faculty honor bestowed by his university, the Annual Award Lectureship at the University of Washington, 2008. View full list of awards.
- Tau Beta Pi Kulka Award, 1961; Eta Kappa Nu Kulka Award, 1961
- Polytechnic Institute Merit Key; Engineering Honor Societies (Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi)
- Established Investigatorship, American Heart Association, 1974-79
- Who’s Who in America; American Men and Women in Science; Who’s Who in the World
- Board of Directors, Bioengineering Society, 1977-79; Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Study Section, March, 1979, 1980
- Editorial Boards: J. Mol. & Cell Cardiol., 1975-80, Am. J. Physiol. (Heart and Circ Physiol), 1975-80; Circ. Research, 1982-1989; and Cell Biology International, 2005- ; Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, 2007-
- Honorary member, Romanian Muscle Society, 1992
- Excellence Award, Society for Technical Communication, 1992 (for book, Muscles & Molecules)
- Founding Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 1993
- Consultant, Whitaker Foundation, 1996-2006
- JSEM Scientific Paper Award, 1998
- Fellow, American Heart Association, 2001
- Inaugural Fellow, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, AHA, 2001
- Invited Scholar, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris, 2002
- Distinguished Lecturer Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2002
- International Scientist of the Year (IBC), 2002
- Honorary Doctorate, Ural State University, Ekaterinburg Russia, 2002
- Distinguished Award, Society for Technical Communication (for book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life) , 2003
- Merit Award, International STC competition for book, above, 2003.
- Chair (joint, founding), Gordon Research Conference on “Interfacial Water in Cell Biology” 2004.
- Honorary Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2005
- Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2005
- National Science Board Task Force for Transformative Research, Advisor, 2005-2006
- Inaugural Chair, Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of Water, 2006, 2007.
- Annual Award Lectureship, University of Washington, 2007/2008, (selected among all faculty).
Professor Pollack is in demand internationally as a catalytic lecturer.
In his spare time in Seattle, he enjoys gardening, cooking, skiing, and ruminating on subjects as diverse as the origin of weather, the molecular basis of brain function, and solving the world’s crises (water, energy, health). He has also been known to build ponds, harpsichords, and tree houses.