Harland G. Wood
Harland Goff Wood

(1907-09-02)September 2, 1907
DiedSeptember 12, 1991(1991-09-12) (aged 84)
EducationMacalester College, Iowa State University
Known forUse of CO2 by animals and bacteria
Spouse(s)Mildred Davis[1]
ChildrenTwo daughters[1]
AwardsNational Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Eli Lilly Award, Rosenstiel Award, National Medal of Science
Scientific career
InstitutionsIowa State University, University of Minnesota, Western Reserve University (later Case Western Reserve University)
InfluencesEd Tatum
InfluencedMerton Utter

Harland Goff Wood (September 2, 1907 – September 12, 1991) was an American biochemist notable for proving in 1935 that animals, humans and bacteria utilized carbon dioxide. [2] [1] [3] [4] [5] Wood was a recipient of the National Medal of Science.[1][3] Wood was on the President's Science Advisory Committee under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.[1][3] Wood was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[1][3] a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[1] and of the Biochemical Society of Japan.[1] He was also first director of the Department of Biochemistry at the School of Medicine and Dean of Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j National Academy of Sciences;National Academies Press:Biographical Memoirs:Harland Goff Wood;By David A. Goldthwait and Richard W. Hanson
  2. ^ The Journal of Biological Chemistry;The Discovery of Heterotrophic Carbon Dioxide Fixation by Harland G. Wood;Nicole Kresge,Robert D. Simoni,Robert L. Hill
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j WOOD, HARLAND GOFF - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
  4. ^ Singleton, R. Jr. 1998. "A passion for the laboratory: Harland Goff Wood and American Biochemistry." CenterViews (CWRU: Center for Biomedical Ethics), Winter 97/98: 1 & 5 - 6
  5. ^ Singleton, R. Jr. "Wood, Harland Goff" in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Noretta Koertge, Editor), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (In press, 2007).