Todd, Sir Alexander R., 1st Baron


Scottish biochemist, received 1957 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for research on nucleosides


Autograph ID: 1993
Condition: Very good
Description:“(1907-1997) Scottish biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the 1957 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Became Sir Samuel Hall Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Chemical Laboratories of the University of Manchester 1938, and began working on nucleosides, compounds that form the structural units of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). Professor of organic chemistry and Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge 1944-71, synthesized adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) 1949. In 1955 elucidated the structure of vitamin B12, later working on the structure and synthesis of vitamin B1 and vitamin E, the anthocyanins (the pigments of flowers and fruits) from insects (aphids, beetles) and studied alkaloidss found in hashish and marijuana. Chaired British government’s advisory committee on scientific policy 1952-64, knighted 1954, named Baron Todd of Trumpington 1962. Master of Christ’s College 1963-78, Chancellor of University of Strathclyde 1975, member of Royal Order of Merit 1977, visiting professor at Hatfield Polytechnic 1978-86.

TLS “Todd” on 6 x 8 letterhead of Christ’s College, Cambridge, April 18 1990, refers an American correspondent to his 1983 autobiography “A Time to Remember” for answers to his questions.”

Type: Letter

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