Edwin James, M.D. 1797-1861
Expounding upon the virtues, successes and experiences of Dr. Edwin James would in of itself require a lifetime. A native son of Vermont and youngest of 13 children, Edwin James went on to accomplish feats never dreamed of by ordinary men.
James served as surgeon and biologist for the Major Stephen Long Expedition of 1820. He maintains the distinctions of being the first botanist to examine alpine flora of the Rocky Mountains and the first Caucasian to ascend the summit of Pike's Peak. James Peak, and the associated James Peak Wilderness Area of the central Rockies were named in his honor.
Dr. Edwin James served as an assistant surgeon in the US Army for a decade, and then as editor for the Albany, New York newspaper. He was a scholar of Native American languages and transcribed many English texts into native languages. He and his wife, Clarissa Rodgers, raised one son.
Perhaps most remarkable was Dr. James' commitment to the Underground Railroad. From 1838 until his death in 1861, Edwin James risked his freedom, liberty and life in assisting African Americans escape slavery from southern US states. It is this courage, conviction and selflessness that have been embodied by The Edwin James Society.
Biographical information provided by: Oklahoma Historical Society.
David Sabaj-Stahl, D.E.M.
Dr. David Sabaj-Stahl possesses a wide range of skills across the biological sciences. He has over the course of his 35 year career studied amino acids, nucleic acids, proteins, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, habitats and ecosystems. Dr. Sabaj-Stahl founded the Edwin James Society in 2009, and has served as its president since then.
It was Dr. Sabaj-Stahl's diversity of experience in the sciences that paved the way for the development of The Theory of Quantum Microbiogeography. Drawing upon his education and experience in ecology, chemistry and physics, Sabaj-Stahl revealed a unique quantum relationship occurring at the level of the ecosystem. Modeling of that relationship, and subsequent implementation of Newtonian mechanics gave rise to the Vegetative Complex Health Index (VCHI).
Sabaj-Stahl's research from 2009 through 2015 was devoted to exploration of this new frontier in ecology. His works going forward shall seek to confirm the existence, or lack thereof, of these novel concepts utilizing data acquired from across the globe.
Dr. Sabaj-Stahl coordinated the recent relocation of the Edwin James Society's corporate headquarters from Denver CO to Portland OR. With the move accomplished in September 2016, Sabaj-Stahl and the EJS are in process of launching a new array of programs in conjunction with their partners in the northwestern region of North America.