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John Woodland Hastings
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Born (1927-03-24)March 24, 1927
Died August 6, 2014(2014-08-06) (aged 87)
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Swarthmore College, 1944-1947; B.A. 1947 (Navy V-12 medical officers training program)

Princeton University, 1948-1951; M.A. 1950, PhD. 1951 - adviser E. N. Harvey

Johns Hopkins University, 1951-1953 Postdoctoral Fellow with W. D. McElroy
Known for Founding circadian biology
Awards NATO Senior Fellow in Science, Foundation Curie, Orsay, France, 1977
Scientific career
Fields Bioluminescence, Circadian rhythms
Institutions Instructor in Biological Sciences Northwestern University 1953-1957

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry University of Illinois 1957-1966 Professor of Biology Harvard University, 1966-1986;

Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences Harvard University 1986 - present
Doctoral students David Johnson States

John Woodland "Woody" Hastings, PhD., (March 24, 1927 – August 6, 2014) was an American scientist, educator, and writer.

Early life

Hastings was born in Salisbury, Maryland. He lived in Seaford, Delaware during his early childhood. Hastings studied at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Hastings moved to Lenox School in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1941.


Hastings was a leader in the field of photobiology, especially bioluminescence. He was one of the founders of the field of circadian biology (the study of circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle). He was a professor at Harvard University. He has published over 400 papers and co-edited three books.


Hastings died of pulmonary fibrosis on August 6, 2014 at Lexington, Massachusetts.

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