Elkan Blout

Elkan R. Blout
Born (1919-07-02)July 2, 1919
Died December 20, 2006(2006-12-20) (aged 87)
Resting place Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts
Residence Cuttyhunk Island and
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Awards National Academy of Sciences (elected 1969); National Medal of Science (1990)
Scientific career
Fields Biochemistry

Elkan R. Blout (July 2, 1919 – December 20, 2006)[1] was a biochemist at Polaroid Corporation, Boston Children's Hospital, and the Edward S. Harkness Professor of Biological Chemistry, Emeritus at Harvard University.[2][3]

Blout received his BA in chemistry in 1939 from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in 1942 from Columbia University.[4]

Blout was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1969.[2] In 1990, he was awarded the National Medal of Science “for his pioneering studies of protein conformation and devotion to the scientific enterprise of the Nation.”[5]

Blout died in December 2006, on Cuttyhunk Island.[1][6]


  1. 1 2 Christopher T. Walsh; et al. (September 13, 2007). "Elkan Blout". The Harvard Gazette. The Office for Faculty Affairs at Harvard Medical School. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  2. 1 2 Center for Oral History. "Elkan R. Blout". Science History Institute.
  3. Stryer, Lubert (2009). Elkan Rogers Blout 1919-2006, A Biographical Memoir (PDF). Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. Bohning, James J.; Thackray, Arnold (22 November 2002). Elkan R. Blout, Transcripts of Interviews Conducted by James J. Bohning and Arnold Thackray at Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Cambridge, Massachusetts on 30 May 1991, 13 September 2002, and 22 November 2002 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.
  5. "The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details, Elkan R. Blout". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  6. Pearce, Jeremy (January 9, 2007). "Elkan R. Blout, Scientist at Harvard, Dies at 86". The New York Times.

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