Sunday, March 15, 2015



 (For my C.V. and publications, see below)
 


Robert Fields


I am a former research scientist in biochemistry, genetics and infectious diseases.  My education began in 1962 at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where I was enrolled in the College's 4-year "Great Books" program which began with a study of the ancient Greek language, translating Plato and Aristotle and then followed the development of Western science, literature and philosophy from the 5th Century BCE into the 20th Century. 

After this I moved to England where I began research in biochemistry at King’s College, University of Cambridge and in 1970 received a Ph.D. degree and a Research Fellowship from the Science Research Council. I then pursued a career in teaching and research at the Rockefeller University, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute in New York where I was a Laboratory Head and the Director of Microchemistry.

In 1997 I moved to Palo Alto, California where I served as the  CEO of a startup company, IGene Diagnostics, which designed high speed genetic test instruments for use in doctor's offices.  

After retiring from IGene in 2008 I returned to my earlier interests in the literature and philosophy, publishing  Philosophical Inquiries  concerned with broad ontological issues ranging from the nature of human consciousness to modern quantum physics and Bloomsbury Writers and Artists focused on post-impressionist painters and modernist writers. Recently I have begun The Basic Diet, a blog on my explorations in the field of nutrition.  I have also begun studying the Japanese language in preparation for a visit to Japan later this year.

For a summary of  my scientific publications see: