John Tileston Edsall

John Tileston Edsall

John Tileston Edsall (3 November 1902 - 12 June 2002) was anearly protein scientist, who contributed significantly to the understanding of the hydrophobic interaction.

Early life

Born in Philadelphia, John Edsall moved to Boston with his family at the age of 10.

Protein research

In 1943, Edsall and Cohn published aphysical chemistry book "Proteins, Amino Acids and Peptides", that had a profound influence on the next generation of protein scientists.

Blood fractionation

Edsall worked with Edwin Cohn during
World War II to apply protein methods to blood fractionation.

Advances in Protein Chemistry

John Edsall was a founding co-editor of the journal "Advances in Protein Chemistry", a position he held for XXX years. He was invited by the publisher Kurt Jacoby and the founding editor Tim Anson, whom he had met in 1924 in Cambridge (although they were both undergraduatesat Harvard at nearly the same time).

Teaching and students

Edsall was beloved for his active devotion to teaching.

Historical interests

Edsall was active in preserving the history of protein science.

Personal history

In 1929, John Edsall married Margaret Dunham of New York. Together, they had three sons: David, X and Nicholas.

John T. Edsall married Margaret Dunham of Scarsdale, NY, May 1st, 1929 in Scarsdale. They had three sons: James Lawrence Dunham Edsall (known always as Lawrence), June 6, 1930 - July 8, 1978; David T. Edsall, born 1933, and Nicholas C. Edsall, born 1936. Margaret D. Edsall was born in New York, NY, June 9, 1902 and died May 19, 1987. They lived most of their married life in Cambridge, MA.


Bloch KE. (1968) "A tribute to John T. Edsall. Editor 1958-1967.", "J. Biol. Chem.", 243, 1333-1336.

John Edsall had three sons, Lawrence, David Tileston, and Nicholas Cranford

External links

* [ Harvard University Gazette tribute to Edsall]

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