David E. Green

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David E. Green
David Ezra Green

August 5, 1910
DiedJuly 8, 1983(1983-07-08) (aged 72)
Alma materNew York University
University of Cambridge
Spouse(s)Doris Cribb
ChildrenPamela Green
Rowena Green Matthews
AwardsPfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry (1946)
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Doctoral advisorMalcolm Dixon

David Ezra Green (August 5, 1910 – July 8, 1983) was an American biochemist who made significant contributions to the study of enzymes, particularly the electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Green was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jennie (Marrow) and Hyman Levy Green, a garment manufacturer.[2] His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. He was awarded a degree in biology from New York University. He then moved to England and worked for eight years at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Malcolm Dixon, on redox reactions in biological systems. He received his PhD under Dixon in 1934 with a thesis entitled The Application of Oxidation-Reduction Potentials to Biological Systems.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Green moved back to America and established himself in a laboratory at Columbia University. Here he studied the metabolism of amino acids and the citric acid cycle. In 1948, Green moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and set up the Institute for Enzyme Research, making vital contributions to studies on oxidative phosphorylation, the electron transport chain and beta oxidation.[3]

He was married to English-born Doris Cribb. He is the father of biochemist Rowena Green Matthews and grandfather of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.[4]


  1. ^ David Ezra Green by Helmut Beinert, Paul K Stumpf, and Salih J. Wakil National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs Volume 84, 2003
  2. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2830905709.html
  3. ^ Beinert H, Stumpf PK. (1983). "David E. Green, 1910–1983". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 8 (12): 434–436. doi:10.1016/0968-0004(83)90026-9.
  4. ^ Beinert, Helmut; Stumpf, Paul K.; Wakil, Salih J. (2004). "David Ezra Green". Biographical Memoirs. National Academies Press. 84.

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