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Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry Irwin Rose passed away

Rose won the Nobel Prize for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Jun 5, 2015 14:18 IST
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Irwin Rose, a biochemist who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died on 2 June 2015 in his sleep in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He was 88.

Rose won the Nobel Prize for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis.

He was a distinguished professor-in-residence in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine at the time his Nobel Prize was announced in 2004.

He served on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine's department of biochemistry from 1954 to 1963 after doing his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1952 from the University of Chicago.

Later, he joined the Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1963 and stayed there until he retired in 1995.

Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York on 16 July 1926. He spent much of his career as a researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. His Nobel-winning work was done there in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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