David Rittenberg

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David Rittenberg
Born (1906-11-11)November 11, 1906
Died January 24, 1970(1970-01-24) (aged 63)
Nationality American
Fields Biochemistry
Alma mater Columbia University
Doctoral advisor Harold Urey
Known for radiotracer method
Notable awards Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry (1941)

David Rittenberg (November 11, 1906 – January 24, 1970) was a U.S. biochemist who pioneered the radioactive tagging of molecules, enabling detailed studies of metabolism. These studies resulted in a change in the prevailing scientific theory, from a static, 'wear and tear' view of metabolic processes, to a dynamic theory in which constant and rapid buildup and degradation of body constituents takes place.

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