Welcome to Dolph Hatfield’s Website


This website was established in honor of Dolph Lee Hatfield on his 70th birthday by his three children, Hugh, Sandy and Michele, and his wife, Mary. We will refer to him in this website as Dolph1.

Dolph is a multifaceted person with a variety of interests and talents. In addition to being a father, grandfather and husband, he is a retired scientist from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, having published more than 300 scientific articles (see the tab entitled Professional and the subtab Bibliography). A list of his recent accomplishments in science can be found here (Professional). He is an author of numerous articles outside of his profession relating to an array of topics that focus in part on civil rights issues (see tabs designated Published and Unpublished). He is an athlete, participating in the Senior Olympic Games and obtaining a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (see Sports), a former lay reader and chalice bearer at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, where he has read before three U.S. Presidents, and a former lay reader and chalice bearer at the National Cathedral. Dolph is still actively involved with Washington DC’s homeless providing hope, inspiration and friendship (see Community Activities). His primary current hobby is photography (see Photography) and his past hobbies included spelunking, race car driving and mountain climbing (see Adventures).

A news reporter once referred to Dolph as “bigger than life” and that is just how we, his family, see him.

Dolph was born in El Paso, TX on October 3, 1937. He attended El Paso High School, where he served as Student Body President. He graduated from high school in January, 1955 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the University of Texas with a major in Zoology in May, 1958. He received his Master’s Degree in May, 1960 and, shortly after his 24th birthday, he received his Doctorate in January, 1962 from the Genetics Foundation at the University of Texas, where he was trained and mentored by his major professor, Dr. Hugh S. Forrest. Dolph did postdoctoral training under Dr. James B. Wyngaarden at Duke University Medical School and then under two Nobel Prize Winners, Dr. Marshall Nirenberg at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and Dr. Jacques Monod at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. After completion of his postdoctoral training, Dolph accepted a position at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he has spent his entire scientific career.

We hope that you will enjoy this website and sharing in Dolph’s many activities and accomplishments.

1Initially, Dolph’s wife, Mary, was owner and controller of this website. She subsequently urged Dolph to take control. After about two years he began adding items, derived tremendous pleasure from working on his website and has retained the format of referring to himself as Dolph.