Edwin Joseph Cohn

Edwin Joseph Cohn

Edwin Joseph Cohn

Birth : December 17, 1892 New York City

Death : October 1, 1953(1953-10-01)(agedĀ 60) Boston

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Name Edwin Joseph Cohn
Birth December 17, 1892 New York City
Birth Place New York City
Death (1953-10-01)(agedĀ 60) Boston
Died At Boston
Nationality United States
Fields biochemistry
Famous Research blood fractionation

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A graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover , and the University of Chicago , he made important advances in the physical chemistry of proteins, and was responsible for the blood fractionation project that saved thousands of lives in World War II.


In 1928, while at Harvard, Cohn was able to concentrate, by a factor of 50 to 100 times, the vital factor in raw liver juice which had been shown by Minot and Murphy to be the only known specific treatment for pernicious anemia.


Cohn is also well-remembered for his studies of the physical chemistry of proteins, particularly his general "salting out" equation for protein solubility (1925)


In 1943, Cohn and John Edsall published Proteins, Amino Acids and Peptides, a book that summarized the known physical chemistry of proteins and deeply influenced succeeding generations of protein scientists.


Edwin J. Cohn was born on December 17, 1892 in New York City to Abraham and Maimie Einstein Cohn.


Cohn died on October 1, 1953 in Boston, of a stroke brought on by hypertension caused by an undiagnosed pheochromocytoma.