Robert Elderfield

Robert Elderfield
Born(1904-05-30)May 30, 1904
DiedDecember 10, 1979(1979-12-10) (aged 75)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Michigan
Scientific career
FieldsChemist
InstitutionsRockefeller Institute of Medical Research,
Columbia University,
University of Michigan
Doctoral advisorTenney Lombard Davis
Doctoral studentsWilliam Standish Knowles
Josef Fried
Other notable studentsIsaac Asimov (post-doctoral)

Robert Cooley Elderfield (May 30, 1904 – December 10, 1979) was an American chemist. He was born in Niagara Falls, New York, United States.

He studied at the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, later at the University of Michigan receiving his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1920. He worked at the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research from 1930 till 1936 when he changed to Columbia University. He was moved to University of Michigan in 1952.

He started his research with cardiac glycosides and cardiac aglycones shifting to the synthesis of primaquine and other antimalarials, at the end he did some research in new anticancer agents

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