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Paul Greengard '48 is Honored as a Nonagenarian Scientist


Paul Greengard '48
Paul Greengard '48

Paul Greengard ’48 was featured in Chemical & Engineering News’ article titled Sustained by Science, a tribute to all scientists who are still progressing in their field, even past the age of 90. Greengard was included for his research on the biochemistry of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. “No artist stops working, and I think really dedicated scientists—unless their health doesn’t allow it—are the same way,” Greengard said to the C&EN reporter. “We’re in a creative profession, so it never even occurred to me to stop.” Greengard works at Rockefeller University in Manhattan’s East Side. For the past decade, his research group has published an average of 15 papers each year. Greengard shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He’s eager to talk about the progress his group is making on major depressive disorder and understanding how selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors achieve their antidepressive effect. “That’s one of the things that keeps me coming to the lab instead of reading Tolstoy, which I would love to do,” he said to C&EN. “I just love this a little more.”

After his time at Hamilton, Greengard received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1953 from Johns Hopkins University.

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