|Sir Rudolph Albert Peters|
13 April 1889|
|Died||29 January 1982(aged 92)|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Sir Rudolph Albert Peters Fellow of the Royal Society (13 April 1889, Kensington – 29 January 1982) was a British biochemist. He was elected a FRS in 1935. His effort investigating the mechanism of arsenic war gases was deemed crucial in maintaining battlefield effectiveness facing the threat of lewisite attacks. An Oxford scientific team led by Peters developed an antidote for lewisite called British Anti-Lewisite (BAL) on 21 July 1940.
After the war, he subsequently carried on his research on pyruvate metabolism, focussing particularly on the toxicity of fluoroacetate. The fact that fluoroacetate in itself is far less toxic than the metabolite (fluorocitrate) formed after transformation in the body led him to coin the term "lethal synthesis" in 1951.
- Thompson, R. H. S.; Ogston, A. G. (1983). "Rudolph Albert Peters. 13 April 1889-29 January 1982". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 29: 494. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1983.0018. JSTOR 769811.
- Anon (1982). "Obituary". BMJ 284 (6315): 589. doi:10.1136/bmj.284.6315.589.
- Peters, R. A. (1952). "Croonian Lecture: Lethal Synthesis". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 139 (895): 143–126. doi:10.1098/rspb.1952.0001.
Further reading 
- "Sir Rudolph Albert Peters, Biochemist (1889-1982)". Australian Postal History & Social Philately.
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