Martin Flegel (1946-2021), In Memoriam

Dr. Martin Flegel died suddenly on July 15, 2021, in the middle of the dinner with his family in his house in Dolni Jircany near Prague, Czech Republic. Martin finished his studies at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in 1973. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (IOCB) where he worked in parallel to his university studies in the laboratory of Dr. Zaoral Continue reading

Conrad H. Schneider (1931 – 2021), In Memoriam

The European Peptide Society is in mourning for Conrad Schneider, the founding editor of the Journal of Peptide Science. He died on May 10, 2021 shortly before his 90th birthday. Conrad was a true Bernese throughout life: He started his career at the University of Bern where he studied chemistry, physics and botany, and later he spent most of his life as professor at the Institute of Immunology and Allergology of the University of Bern Continue reading

Elizabeth Schram, In Memoriam

Dear Colleagues, We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dr. Elizabeth Schram death on December 18, 2019. Johan Elgersma, Secretary ESCOM SCIENCE Foundation informed us Mrs. Schram has untimely passed away during her visit to her school in Chennai-India due to a fatal heart attack. Dr. E. Schram was long term cooperator and sponsor of the EPS. The ESCOM Science Publishers B.V., established by Elizabeth and her husband Dr. Bernt L. Schram, was Continue reading

Jean Rivier (1941-2019), In Memoriam

The European Peptide Society mourns the passing of Prof. Jean Rivier, a pioneer of peptide research and a dear friend over many years. Jean was a world-class scientist who made fundamental contributions to our field of peptides, as well as a gracious, congenial individual who had significant impact on the careers of many colleagues, including quite a few Europeans. During his peak period of activity Jean was a frequent presence in European peptide-related events, including Continue reading

Kálmán Medzihradszky (1928-2019), In Memoriam

Professor Kálmán Medzihradszky, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 92, of Budapest, Hungary our fellow chemist colleague and friend who made significant contributions to the fields of peptide science and bioorganic chemistry research, died 20 May, 2019. Kálmán is survived by his wife Hédi, his daughter Zsófia and his son Dénes, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21, 2019 in Budapest. Dr. Kálmán Medzihradszky (Rákoscsaba, 20 Continue reading

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