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Faculty Profile

Arthur Koch

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Professor Emeritus of Biology (deceased 2016)
Contact Information
By telephone: 812-855-5036
MO 205

B.S. California Institute of Technology, 1948
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1951

Research Description

Arthur's more than two hundred publications have dealt with both experimental and theoretical biology.  He has published in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, evolution, cell biology, animal behavior, and biophysics.  One of Arthur's most prominent achievements is his surface stress theory, which dscribes how surface-tension-like forces determine bacterial shape, and how bacterial cells walls can grows and yet still maintain the cell's integrity in the face of huge internal water pressures (turgor pressure). (excerpted from 1998 retirement tribute)

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