Name: Richard Laursen
Position: Professor Emeritus of Bioorganic and Protein Chemistry, Boston University
Background: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Honorary Professor, Hunan Normal University.

For more than a decade, Richard Laursen has used LC-MS for textile analysis, developing methods to identify dyes used in historic textiles based on their distinctive sugar patterns.

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