John Emil Halver: April 21, 1922- October 24, 2012

The “Father of Fish Nutrition”, Dr. John Halver, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Seattle on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Jane, five children and numerous grandchildren. There will be a memorial service for him on November 10 in the Seattle area.

John Halver was 90 years old and still active, maintaining an office as Professor Emeritus in Nutrition, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Dr. Halver’s impact on fish nutrition and generations of scientists was immense. He was a member in numerous societies and recipient of many honors for his achievements. The International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England named Dr. John Halver one of the “Leading Scientists of the World” for 2005 for his lifetime of scientific research in Nutritional Biochemistry.

Dr. Halver was a pioneering scientist in fish nutrition, physiology, cellular biochemistry, and metabolism. He opened the Western Fish Nutrition Laboratory at Cook, WA in 1950, and there developed the basis of commercial fish feeds used throughout the US and the world. In the US Army Medical Labs he also worked on nutrition requirements of military personnel, and development of field rations for troops and astronauts. Read more …