Paul Karl Stumpf was a professor emeritus of molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Davis, who helped build the campus both physically and in scientific reputation. In 1999, Stumpf and his wife, Ruth, established an endowed chair in the College of Biological Sciences: the Paul K. and Ruth R. Stumpf Professorship in Plant Biochemistry. The current holder is Katayoon Dehesh.
In 1958, Stumpf and another Berkeley colleague, Professor Eric Conn, moved to Davis to establish the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Stumpf served as chair of the department four times during his career at UC Davis. Professor emeritus Eric E. Conn taught in the Molecular and Cellular Biology department and has been an avid supporter of the College of Biological Sciences and UC Davis. Between contributing his time and energy along with his financial support, Dr. Conn has helped students, faculty, and the UC Davis community in multiple ways.
One way has been by actively supporting his friend, Dr. Stumpf, and the College, by participating in the endowed professorship search committee on behalf of the Stumpf family. Last year Dr. Conn wanted to further contribute to Dr. Stumpf's memory by funding a bench in his honor.
The bench has been placed just outside Dr. Stumpf's old office window. Planted beside the bench are three Formosan Flame Trees, specifically chosen by Dr. Conn for their brilliant color in the Fall. On the bench is a plaque inscribed with the following:
In honor of
PAUL KARL STUMPF
2/23/1919 - 2/10/2007
Internationally recognized plant biochemist
who pioneered research in the
field of plant lipid biochemistry.
Coauthored two books and a treatise
on plant biochemistry. Member of the
National Academy of Sciences USA
and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences.