Eric Conn

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Eric Edward Conn (January 6, 1923 – September 2, 2017) was an American biochemist.

Born in Berthoud, Colorado in 1923, Conn graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1944. He subsequently contributed to the Manhattan Project. Upon its conclusion, Conn returned to school, earning a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1948. He taught at University of California, Berkeley from 1950 to 1958, when he joined the University of California, Davis. With Paul K. Stumpf, Conn co-founded the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Davis and taught an introductory course in biochemistry until his retirement in 1993. Conn researched phenylalanine ammonia-lyase and cyanogenic glycosides. In 1988, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Remembering Eric Conn, a Founding Father of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UC Davis". University of California, Davis. September 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Special to The Enterprise (September 29, 2017). "Eric Edward Conn".