Elkan Blout, a Harvard biochemist who wore many hats in his professional life, died of pneumonia this week, reports the New York Times. Blout’s initial academic work in developing optical tools for studying protein chemistry led him to Polaroid’s research labs, where he refined the chemical process for instant snapshots. From there, he moved on to Harvard to take up research and administration, and later became a senior advisor for science at the FDA.
Death of a Renaissance Man
Jan 11, 2007