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Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman

Lewis B. Cullman, with his wife of 46 years, the late Dorothy F. Cullman, is a leading donor to the science programs at The New York Botanical Garden as well as a range of New York City scientific and cultural institutions.

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics was established in 1994 to broaden and strengthen the scientific research programs of The New York Botanical Garden. The Cullman Program, located in the Cullman Laboratory of the Garden's Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, also provides a formal link to the American Museum of Natural History, where molecular research addressing plant-animal interactions takes place. The scientific staff, graduate students, and visiting researchers of the Cullman Program are involved in a variety of research projects that employ a host of tools and techniques from the growing field of molecular biology to address systematics issues. Because field studies are conducted extensively as an integral part of the Cullman Program, its research may be thought of as both molecular and organismal in that studies of plant diversity require an in-depth understanding of whole plants and their genomes.

Mrs. Cullman served on the Board of The New York Public Library and was the creator of its Scholars and Writers Program. She was also on the Boards of the American Museum of Natural History and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Mr. Cullman was born in 1919 in New York City and graduated from Yale University in 1941. He earned an M.S. from New York University in 1942 and holds an honorary degree from Purdue University.

Watch an interview with Lewis B. Cullman

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