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Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb

Biologist, Physiologist

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Employment History

Principal Investigator

Southern California Science & Engineering ACCESS Center and Network


National Cancer Institute

Honorary International Council Member
Kilby Awards Foundation

Board of Trustees
California Institute of Technology

Board Member
California Science Center Foundation

Trustee Professor
California State University , Los Angeles

Life Trustee
Nanomaterial Sales

California State University , Fullerton

Board Member
First Interstate Bancorp

Talladega College

Member of the Board of Fellows
Claremont Graduate University

Sigma Xi

Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science

New York Academy of Sciences


University of Michigan




Bachelor's degree


Talladega College


cell physiology

M.S. Degree

cell physiology

New York University



Cellular Biology

New York University

full degrees

honorary degrees

Douglass College

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Caltech Mourns the Passing of Jewel Plummer Cobb
Jewel Plummer Cobb, a life member of the Caltech Board of Trustees and president and professor of biology, emerita, of California State University, Fullerton, passed away on January 1, 2017. She was 92 years old.
Cobb was elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees in 1990 and was named a life member in 2005, in which capacity she served until her death. She served as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Nominating Committee.
Born on January 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, Cobb earned her bachelor's degree from Talladega College in 1944, and her MS and PhD degrees, both in cell physiology, from New York University in 1947 and 1950, respectively. She also held 22 honorary doctorates.
Known for her work in cell physiology, her promotion of the advancement of women in scientific fields, and her activities on behalf of minorities, Cobb published 36 articles regarding the growth, morphology, and genetic expression of normal and cancer pigment cells. In addition, she published a number of articles dealing with the advancement of women and minorities in scientific fields.
Prior to her 1981 appointment as president of California State University, Fullerton, a position she held until 1990, she was dean of Douglass College and professor of biological sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for five years. Before her Douglass appointment she served as dean of Connecticut College and professor of zoology for seven years, and as professor of biology at Sarah Lawrence College for nine years.
A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Science Foundation and the Kilby Lifetime Achievement Award, Cobb was a member of the board of fellows of Claremont Graduate University and a trustee of Talladega College. She was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi.

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Jewel Plummer Cobb was born in Chicago on January 17, 1924 to Frank V. and Carriebel (Cole) Plummer.
Jewel held post-doctoral positions at the Harlem Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the National Cancer Foundation.
Jewel's research included work on the relationship between melanin and skin damage, and on the effects of hormones, ultraviolet light, and chemotherapy agents on cell division. She directed the tissue culture laboratory at the University of Illinois from 1952 to 1954 and continued her research as a faculty member at NYU from 1956 to 1960, and at Sarah Lawrence College from 1960 to 1969. In recognition of her research achievements she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1974. She was a member of the National Science Board from 1974 to 1980.
She was on the cover of a Time Magazine, Special Edition, as Scientist of the Year.
Jewel's career in academic administration began in 1969 at Connecticut College where she served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Zoology. In 1976 she became Dean of Douglass College of Rutgers University, and was also a Professor of Biological Sciences. She served at Rutgers until 1981 when she was appointed President of California State University, Fullerton where she remained until her retirement. Following her retirement she was named California State University Trustee Professor at California State University, Los Angeles.
During and following her presidency at Cal State Fullerton, she received twenty-two honorary degrees, and was on the boards of several large corporations.
In WOODS HOLE: In 1949, Jewel was appointed an independent investigator at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. She began spending summers in Woods Hole, and eventually bought a summer home where she gave elegant parties bringing together interesting groups of people including her many summer guests and her son, Jonathon.
Jewel Cobb has been especially encouraging and helpful to young women who wanted to pursue a career in science. She is now fully retired and lives in New Jersey.

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Jewel Plummer Cobb (1981-1990)

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