Albert L. Lehninger

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Albert Lester Lehninger
Born(1917-02-17)February 17, 1917
DiedMarch 4, 1986(1986-03-04) (aged 69)
Known forMetabolism studies, textbook authorship
AwardsPfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry (1948)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Chicago
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Doctoral advisorEdgar J. Witzemann[1]

Albert Lester Lehninger (February 17, 1917 – March 4, 1986)[2] was an American biochemist in the field of bioenergetics. He made fundamental contributions to the current understanding of metabolism at a molecular level. In 1948, he discovered, with Eugene P. Kennedy, that mitochondria are the site of oxidative phosphorylation in eukaryotes, which ushered in the modern study of energy transduction. He is the author of a number of classic texts, including: Biochemistry, The Mitochondrion, Bioenergetics and, most notably, his series Principles of Biochemistry. The latter is a widely used text for introductory biochemistry courses at the college and university levels.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Lehninger was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, US. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University (1939) and went on to pursue both his Masters of Science (1940) and PhD (1942) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His doctoral research involved the metabolism of acetoacetate and fatty acid oxidation by liver cells.[1][4]

Academic career[edit]

After earning his doctorate in biochemistry, Lehninger held various faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Chicago. In 1952, he went to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, assuming the title of DeLamar Professor of the Department of Biological Chemistry. He served in this position until 1978, when he was appointed to the role of University Professor of Medical Sciences. He held this title until his death in 1986.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Kresge, Nicole; Simoni, Robert D.; Hill, Robert L. (April 8, 2005). "The ATP Requirement for Fatty Acid Oxidation: the Early Work of Albert L. Lehninger". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 280 (14): 146–147.
  2. ^ a b c Lane, M. Daniel; Talala, Paul (1986). "Albert Lester Lehninger 1917–1986". Journal of Membrane Biology. 91: 193–197. doi:10.1007/BF01868813.
  3. ^ "The Albert L. Lehninger Collection". Repository Guide to the Personal Papers Collections of Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "ASBMB Past Presidents". American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  5. ^ "All Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Ira Remsen Award". Maryland Section. 14 November 2018. Archived from the original on 14 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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