Robert C. Sheppard (1932‐2019), In Memoriam

Robert (Bob) Sheppard, former Head of the Sub‐Division of Peptide Chemistry at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, passed away at his home on 15th January 2019, aged 87. His legacy to peptide science is a substantial body of work on the development of novel solid supports and orthogonal Fmoc/t‐butyl‐based chemistry that enable solid phase peptide synthesis to be carried out under mild conditions. These were also adapted to novel automated instruments designed Continue reading

Louis A. Carpino (1927‐2019), In Memoriam

Dr Louis A. Carpino (91) passed away at home in Amherst, MA on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was a Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr L.A. Carpino was a pioneer in the development of amino‐protecting groups and coupling reagents for use in the synthesis of biologically active materials such as pharmaceuticals, polynucleotides, PNAs, peptides, and small proteins. His first significant contribution was the development of the tert‐butyloxycarbonyl (Boc) Continue reading

Bogdan Przemysław Liberek (1926-2018), In Memoriam

With deep sorrow and sadness we inform you that after a long illness Bogdan Liberek, Professor Emeritus at Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk, Poland, passed away on December 22, 2018 at the age of 93. Bogdan Liberek had rooted from the lab of the pioneer of polish peptide chemistry, world renowned late (†1982) Dr. Emil Taschner. He got M.Sc. in 1950 and Ph.D. degrees in 1958 in Taschner’s lab at the Faculty of Chemistry, Continue reading

Elizabeth (Libby) Merrifield (1923-2017), In Memoriam

Elizabeth (Libby) Merrifield, wife of Rockefeller University Professor and 1984 Nobel laureate in Chemistry Bruce Merrifield, passed away on September 13, 2017, at the age of 94, after a brief illness. Her loss is mourned by surviving children Nancy, Jim, Betsy, Cathy, and Laurie, along with their spouses and 15 grandchildren, as well as several hundred members of the extended Merrifield scientific family and their own families—most of whom Libby kept track of on a first-name Continue reading

Robert Schwyzer (1920-2015), In Memoriam

Professor Robert Schwyzer, one of the most famous peptide chemists of the third epoch of peptide science (according to Theodor Wieland, 1981), passed away on September 29, 2015, about three weeks after the death of his wife Rosa Schwyzer-Nägeli. He was born on December 8, 1920 and, after emigration of his parents to the USA in 1924, he spent his youth in Minnesota where his father served as country doctor and surgeon. After the return Continue reading