Gregory Prince

National Advisory Council

Gregory A. Prince was born in Santa Monica, California in 1948, but his familial roots are embedded deeply in the red sand of Southern Utah, with five generations of his ancestors, beginning with George Prince in the 1860s, having pioneered and lived in St. George and New Harmony.  Dr. Prince enrolled in Dixie Junior College in 1965 and graduated as valedictorian in 1967.

After a two-year proselytizing mission for the LDS Church in Brazil, he enrolled in the UCLA School of Dentistry, graduating as valedictorian in 1973.  He remained at UCLA for two additional years of graduate study in pathology, earning a PhD in 1975.  He moved to Maryland the same year for a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and stayed at NIH for a total of fifteen years.

The primary focus of Dr. Prince’s research career has been respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia throughout the world.  His pioneering work, which began with his doctoral research project, led to the founding of Virion Systems, Inc. and a collaboration with MedImmune, Inc. that resulted in the development of Synagis®, a drug is now the standard of care for preventing RSV disease in premature and other high-risk infants.

He is now working with Dixie State University and Soft Cell Biological Research to develop new antibiotics to address a global crisis of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”  He has authored over 150 scientific papers and holds three United States Patents.

His interest in Mormon history began when he was a student at Dixie and was introduced to his neighbor, Juanita Brooks.  After moving to Maryland, Dr. Prince began to research the history of LDS priesthood, and in 1995 he published his first book, Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood.  He subsequently published two biographies: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism(2005), which won the Evans Handcart Award for Western American History, and the Best Biography Award from the Mormon History Association; and Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History(2016), which won the Evans Biography Award, the most prestigious award in the genre of Mormon Studies.  In addition, he has written over thirty monographs, articles, reviews and chapters in the same field.

Dr. Prince and his wife JaLynn are co-founders of the Madison House Autism Foundation, a Maryland-based 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to address the needs of adults with autism.  The foundation is named for the youngest of their three children, Madison, who is autistic.