Apr. 28, 1953, Niles, Mich.EDUCATION
BS, psychology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, '76; MS, biology, Andrews University, '82; PhD, biology, Baylor University, '89.POSITION
President and CEO, Advanced Cell Technology.NOTORIETY
Announced in 1999 that ACT had tried and failed to create embryonic stem cells by placing a human cell in a cow egg; falsely claimed to have cloned a human embryo in November.UNDER ATTACK
Critic William Kristol wrote that there are "two grave threats to a dignified human future: terrorism and cloning."FAMILY
Married to second wife, Karen. They have four children under age 3, including 7-month-old triplets; West won't say if they were conceived with the help of science.