On the Evolution of Small Molecules


On the Evolution of Small Molecules


Konrad E. Bloch


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1982-1983).

Dr. Bloch, Nobel laureate and Higgin Professor of Biochemistry at Harvard University, was born in Neisse, Germany. He attended the Technische Hochschule in Munich and received a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1938. Dr. Bloch shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology with Fedor Lynen, for their contributions to our knowledge of the complex pattern of reaction involved in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and of fatty acids.

Dr. Bloch taught at Columbia University from 1939 to 1946, and at the University of Chicago from 1946 to 1954. He has been the Higgin Professor of Biochemistry at Harvard since 1954. He was Chairman of the Chemistry Department there from 1968 to 1971, and in 1979 became Professor of Science at the School of Public Health. Dr. Bloch was a Guggenheim Fellow at Technische Hochschule in Zurich in 1953, in London in 1961, and at Harvard from 1975 to 1976. He was a Senior Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1968. In addition to the Nobel Prize, his many honors include the Medal of the Societe de Chimie Biologique in 1958, the Fritzsche Award of the American Chemical Society in 1964, the Distinguished Service Award of the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1964, the Cardano Medal of the Lombardy Academy of Sciences in 1965, and Ohio State's William Lloyd Evans Award in 1968. Dr. Bloch is a member of numerous academies and societies including the National Academy of Science , the American Chemical Society, and the American Society of Biological Chemist .

His Work: Dr. Bloch is best known for his work on the biogenesis of cholesterol, but he has made outstanding contributions to other field of biochemistry as well. His work on the biosynthes is of glutathione and on the metabolism of fatty acids has proved especially significant. His research interests also include the biological formation of fat-ty acids and unsaturated fatty acid .

His Lecture November 6, 1982: On the Evolution of Small Molecules



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November 6, 1982

On the Evolution of Small Molecules