Erhard Fernholz

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Erhard Fernholz (June 9, 1909 in Hiddenhausen - December 14, 1940 in Princeton, New Jersey) was an investigator of sterols and bile acids. His work on stigma-sterol contributed to the partial synthesis of progesterone.[1]

In 1938, Fernholz discovered and described the structure of vitamin E.[2]

In 1940, Fernholz tragically disappeared at age 32 while walking his spaniels in Princeton, New Jersey.[3] By August 1941, it was acknowledged that Dr. Fernholz had died as a result of an accidental drowning in nearby Carnegie Lake. Foul play was not suspected as Fernholz was quite nearsighted and his dogs had returned home 45 minutes after they left for the walk soaking wet. [4][5]


  1. ^ "Erhard Fernholz". Science 94 (2432): 130–131. 8 August 1941. doi:10.1126/science.94.2432.130. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Subcommittee on Vitamin Tolerance, Committee on Animal Nutrition, National Research Council (1987). "Vitamin E, in Vitamin Tolerance of Animals". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "F.B.I. Joins Hunt for Young German Chemist". San Bernardino Daily Sun. December 18, 1940. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
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