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Dr. Ing. Peter S. Geissler

It is uncommon for a man to be highly regarded in more than one field of endeavor.

By any standard, therefore,

Dr. Ing. Peter S. Geissler, A.B., B.S., M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Yale)
M.A., M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D., M.S., M.D., M.Phil.(Cantab)

is an uncommon man.

Dr. Geissler is well known as an engineer, educator, environmental and medical mycologist, and authority on procedural aspects of international patent prosecution and trademark registration.

Dr. Geissler has a broad background in civil and mechanical engineering, and the physical and biomedical sciences. He earned two bachelor's degrees, a B.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University, and an A.B. in physics from University of California, Berkeley. Thereafter, he was awarded a United States Public Health Service Training Grant to attend Yale University where he received M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in physiology, all by the age of 24.

Having received his Ph.D. from Yale in the shadow (both literally and figuratively) of the famous Lars Onsager, Peter Geissler "messed around" for a few years trying to solve the 3-Dimensional Ising Model Problem. Needless to say, those efforts were fruitless, but in the process, the young Dr. Geissler stumbled across a solution to another important theoretical problem, the Tethered Polymer Problem, that has broad application to Graph Theory [c.f. Geissler, P., "Configurational Entropy of Tethered Polymers and the Swelling Properties of Connective Tissue" in Solution Properties of Polysaccarides, 1981, American Chemical Society].

Thus, at the age of 24, Dr. Geissler started a twenty-year career (1974 - 1994) as lecturer at the University of California (Davis, Berkeley and Irvine) and research scientist in the Division of Biology and Medicine at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. During this period, Dr. Geissler earned an M.A. degree in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Eng. degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Geissler was appointed Science Advisor to the California Energy Commission for the State of California.

Dr. Geissler was appointed Special National Institutes of Health Research Fellow in Physiological Optics at the School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley and Special National Institutes of Health Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, Davis.

Dr. Geissler was appointed Bioradiology & Medical Physics Consultant to the Department of Physiology, New York University Medical School and served as a Lecturer in the Trauma Program, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Yale University.

Dr. Geissler was awarded an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship at the Institute für Physiologie, Die Freien Universität, Berlin.

In 1994, Dr. Geissler studied clinical human anatomy at Oxford University as an academic visitor through Oxford's Isis Exchange Programme.

In 1994-95, Dr. Geissler studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean, whilst serving on the medical microbiology faculty and lecturing on clinical immunology, and earned an M.S. degree in basic medical sciences.

In 1995, Dr. Geissler completed his M.D. degree at Grace University in St Kitts-Nevis, a medical qualification recognized by the British Medical Council in the United Kingdom.

In 1996, Dr. Geissler spent two months in residence at the London School of Tropical Medicine in post-doctoral clinical training in medical mycology and parasitology. However, prior to completing the requirements for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Dr. Geissler accepted an appointment as Director of the Cambridge Overseas Medical Training Programme in Cambridge.

At Cambridge University, Dr. Geissler undertook post-graduate research in medical microbiology and immunology in 1996-97 and wrote his thesis on the role of bacterial endotoxin, a virulence factor expressed by most gram-negative bacteria known to have a stimulatory effect on host inflammatory mediators, and explained the biochemical mechanism of its destabilizing effect on the blood-clotting cascade that causes disseminated intravascular coagulation in severe cases of sepsis.

In 1997, Dr. Geissler was awarded the M.Phil.(Cantab) degree in biological sciences from the University of Cambridge.

When asked what he considers his most significant intellectual contribution, Dr. Geissler responds without hesitation: "serving as Professor Howard Mel's assistant" for twenty-odd years in Berkeley on the development of the Theory of Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes [c.f. Mel, H. and Geissler, P., "Global Thermodynamic Potential Function for Nonequilibrium, Open Chemical Reaction Systems" 1986 Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Technical Report No. LBL-22323].

When asked about what he considers his greatest failure, Dr. Geissler responds, similarly, without hesitation: "trying to start a medical school in war-torn Uganda". After many years of effort, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fund-raising, and significant educational support from Cambridge University faculty, only a handful of African physicians were ultimately trained in tropical medicine before the school finally closed its doors. En route, however, there were also triumphs, such as having been appointed Chancellor of Saint Christopher's College of Medicine in Senegal, serving as Director of the Cambridge Overseas Medical Training Programme in the West Indies and Africa, serving as Managing Director of Kigezi International School of Medicine in Uganda, and presiding over graduation ceremonies in the United Nations building in New York.

This time in Africa, however difficult, proved to be formative in developing Dr. Geissler's appreciation of the environmental and public health aspects of mycology.

Dr. Geissler is a member of the Carlton Club in London.

Currently, Dr. Geissler spends most of his time as a lecturer and consultant. However, there might be another African adventure in his future...

   
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Mr. Stuart H. Seymour

Mr. Stuart Seymour is a Swiss Patent Agent and heads the Patent Research Department at Geissler & Associates.

Mr. Seymour studied English, history and political science at Pinetown College, South Africa. Following his studies at university, he became a law enforcement officer at the local Police Constabulary. However, he became increasingly caught up in the political turmoil and civil unrest in South Africa during the 1990's. Political events caused Mr. Seymour to emigrate from South Africa to the United Kingdom, then to Switzerland, and finally to the United States.

Mr. Seymour completed a six-year apprenticeship under the direction of a Chartered Engineer with the aim of practicing engineering. He trained in structural and mechanical engineering, telecommunications, computer networks, and software applications.

Although not particularly inventive, Mr. Seymour developed a keen interest in patents and in patent law.

At Geissler & Associates, Mr. Seymour performs computer patent searches over a broad range of mechanical and computer network technologies. In addition, he undertakes exacting manual library searches for prior art in relation to patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D.C. and the European Patent Office in Munich.

Mr. Seymour has developed a specialty, namely, patents for proprietary business methods in e-commerce. Of course, the best-known example of such a patented business method is Amazon.com's "One-Click" ® method for on-line book sales.

Mr. Seymour is familiar with the details of patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and before the competent authorities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and South Africa.