John Howard Northrop

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Birthday
5, 1891
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 27, 1987 (95)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
5, 1891
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 27, 1987 (95)

About

An American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946 for his studies on enzymes, proteins, and viruses. He was the first scientist to discover that the gastric enzyme pepsin was a protein.

Before Fame

He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University in 1915, the same school where his father died in a lab explosion.

Trivia

He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1949.

Family Life

He had two children with his wife Louise Walker after marrying 1917.

Associated With

Like Irving Langmuir, he is among the first Americans to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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