John Tileston Edsall
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|John Tileston Edsall|
|Born||November 3, 1902|
|Died||June 12, 2002(aged 99)|
|Notable awards||Willard Gibbs Award (1972)|
John Tileston Edsall (3 November 1902 – 12 June 2002) was an early protein scientist, who contributed significantly to the understanding of the hydrophobic interaction.
Born in Philadelphia, John Edsall moved to Boston with his family at the age of 10. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in chemistry. At Harvard he was a good friend of the physicist Robert Oppenheimer.
In 1943, Edsall and Cohn published a physical chemistry book Proteins, Amino Acids and Peptides, that had a profound influence on the next generation of protein scientists.
Advances in Protein Chemistry
John Edsall was a founding co-editor of the journal Advances in Protein Chemistry. He was invited by the publisher Kurt Jacoby and the founding editor Tim Anson, whom he had met in 1924 in Cambridge (although they were both undergraduates at Harvard University at nearly the same time).
Teaching and students
Edsall was beloved for his active devotion to teaching. He was Professor at the Harvard University.
Edsall was active in preserving the history of protein science.
John T. Edsall married Margaret Dunham of Scarsdale, NY, May 1, 1929 in Scarsdale. They had three sons: James Lawrence Dunham Edsall (known always as Lawrence), June 6, 1930 - July 8, 1978; David T. Edsall, born 1933, and Nicholas C. Edsall, born 1936. Margaret D. Edsall was born in New York, NY, June 9, 1902 and died May 19, 1987. They lived most of their married life in Cambridge, MA.
- Bird, Kai; Sherwin, Martin J. (2005). American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. A.A. Knopf.
- Bloch KE. (1968) "A tribute to John T. Edsall. Editor 1958-1967.", J. Biol. Chem., 243, 1333-1336.
- Harvard University Gazette tribute to Edsall
- National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir
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