Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
CLARENCE P. OLIVER
Clarence P. Oliver, professor emeritus of zoology, died on July 10, 1991. He was 92.
Professor Oliver was born on November 8, 1898, near Union City, Tennessee. He earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1925, 1930, and 1931, respectively. While a graduate student, he worked with Nobel laureate Dr. Herman Muller in studying the effect of X-rays on genetic material.
Dr. Oliver taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota he helped establish the Dight Institute of Human Genetics and served as its director. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the University, where he established the program in human genetics and served as chairman of the Department of Zoology. He was also named an Ashbel Smith Professor of Zoology.
Professor Oliver held grants from the R. A. Welch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the latter to study biochemical mutants in humans. He authored more than 100 publications, panel presentations, reports, and reviews. He also served as president of the American Society of Human Genetics.
In 1969 the Board of Regents paid special tribute to Professor Oliver for his many contributions to students at the University.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 6, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center.