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Edward A. Doisy

Edward A. DoisyAKA Edward Adelbert Doisy

Born: 3-Nov-1893
Birthplace: Hume, IL
Died: 23-Oct-1986
Location of death: St. Louis, MO
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chemical structure of Vitamin K

Military service: US Army (Sanitary Corps, 1917-19)

American biochemist Edward A. Doisy researched sex hormones, antibiotics, and blood buffer systems, and won the 1943 Nobel Prize for his synthesis of vitamin K. He shared the honor with Belgian scientist Henrik Dam. After his death, Doisy's family donated $30M for construction of a biomedical research center, to be named in his honor, at St. Louis University.

Father: Edward Peres Doisy (traveling salesman, b. 6-Mar-1867, d. 12-Jan-1955)
Mother: Ada Alley Doisy (b. 2-Aug-1870, d. 21-Feb-1942)
Wife: Alice Ackert Doisy (m. 20-Jul-1918, d. 1964)
Son: Edward A. Doisy Jr. (biochemist)
Son: Robert Doisy (physician)
Son: Philip Doisy (physician)
Son: Richard Doisy (physician)
Wife: Margaret Doisy

    University: BA, University of Illinois (1914)
    University: MS, University of Illinois (1916)
    Teacher: Biochemistry, Harvard University (1915-17)
    University: PhD, Harvard University (1920)
    Teacher: Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis (1919-23)
    Professor: Biochemistry, St. Louis University (1923-65)
    Administrator: Biochemistry, St. Louis University (1924-65)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1943 (with Henrik Dam)
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology President (1943-45)
    Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity

Author of books:
Sex Hormones (1936)
The Ovarian Follicular Hormone (1937)
Sex and Internal Secretions (1939, with Edgar Allen and C. H. Danforth)

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