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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

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PeopleInstitutions

David William Tank

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Dates

June 3, 1953 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Tank, David William, 1953-

Biography

Abstract

David Tank is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Physics at Princeton University (2001-present). His research focuses on the mechanisms of persistent neural activity. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2001.

Important Dates

June 3, 1953Birth.

1976Obtained BS in Physics and Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Ohio).

1979Completed Neurobiology Course, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

1983Obtained PhD in Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1983 – 1984Postdoctoral Member, Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1984 – 1996Member, Technical Staff (1984-1988); Distinguished Member, Technical Staff (1988-1991); and Director, Biological Computation Research Department (1991-1996), AT & T Bell Laboratories., Murray Hill (N.J.).

1988Fellow, American Physical Society.

1992 – 1997Co-Director, Methods in Computational Neuroscience, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

1996 – 2006Director, Biological Computation Research Department (1996-2001) and Consultant (2001-2006), Bell Labs Innovations, Murray Hill (N.J.).

2000Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2001Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2001 – presentProfessor of Molecular Biology and Physics, Princeton University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

2007 – presentConsultant, Alcatel-Lucent (Firm), Murray Hill (N.J.).

Occupation

Biophysicist.

Places

Undergraduate Education

Cleveland (Ohio)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Employment

Murray Hill (N.J.)

Princeton (N.J.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Neurosciences.

Physics -- Industrial applications.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Aeppli, Gabriel

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Alivisatos, P.

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Al'tshuler, B. L.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Appelbaum, J. A. (Joel A.)

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Aspnes, D. E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Austin, Robert H.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bialek, William S.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bishop, David John, 1951-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Alcatel-Lucent.

Brinkman, William F. (William Frank), 1938-

Both employed at Princeton University and Bell Laboratories.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Bucksbaum, Philip H.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Callan, Curtis G.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Cava, Robert J.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Chabal, Yves Jean, 1952-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Chemla, D. S.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Chu, Steven

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Coppersmith, Susan Nan

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

DiSalvo, Francis

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Dolan, Gerald

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Dynes, Robert C.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Eigler, Donald

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Eisenstein, James P. (James Philip)

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Fitch, Val L., 1923-2015

Both employed at Princeton University.

Fleury, Paul A.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Fulton, Theodore Alan

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Greene, Laura H.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Haldane, F. Duncan M.

Both employed at Princeton University and AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Hamann, Donald, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Happer, William, 1939-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hellman, Frances

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Hohenberg, Pierre C.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Hopfield, John J.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Princeton University.

Isaacs, Eric D.

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Jackson, Shirley Ann, 1946-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Johnson, Peter D., 1952-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lieb, Elliott H.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Millis, Andrew J.

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Murray, Cherry Ann

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Narath, Albert, 1933-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Osheroff, Douglas D.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Page, Lyman A.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Patel, C. Kumar N.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Penzias, Arno A.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Phillips, J. C.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Phillips, Julia M.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Pinczuk, Aron

Both employed at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Alcatel-Lucent.

Polyakov, A. M.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Raghavachari, Krishnan

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Rowell, John Martin, 1935-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shank, C. V. (Charles V.)

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Steinhardt, Paul J.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Störmer, Horst

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Taylor, Joseph H. (Joseph Hooton)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Tersoff, J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Thomas, D. G. (David Gilbert), 1928-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Weeks, John David

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories.

Willett, Robert L.

Both employed at AT & T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

Wilson, Robert Woodrow, 1936-

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Institutions

Major Positions

Alcatel-Lucent (Firm)

Consultant.

AT & T Bell Laboratories

Member and Distinguished Member, Technical staff and Director, Biological Computation Research Department.

Bell Labs Innovations

Consultant and Director, Biological Computation Research Department.

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Postdoctoral member, Technical staff and Member, Technical staff.

Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.)

Completed Neurobiology Course. Co-Director, Methods in Computational Neuroscience.

Princeton University. Department of Molecular Biology

Professor of Molecular Biology.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Physical Society

Fellow.

Biophysical Society

Case Western Reserve University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1976).

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1983).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Society for Neuroscience

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