David B. Knaff | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 28 | p. 36 | Obituaries
Issue Date: July 11, 2016

David B. Knaff

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS, obituaries
David Knaff
Credit: Courtesy of Texas Tech University
Photo of David Knaff.
David Knaff
Credit: Courtesy of Texas Tech University

David B. Knaff, 74, died on Jan. 27 in Lubbock, Texas.

“After completing a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, David spent the rest of his career as a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Tech University. During 50 years of plant biochemistry research, he authored more than 220 refereed publications, mentored hundreds of students, and collaborated with scientists worldwide. He was editor-in-chief of the journal Photosynthesis Research and a founder of the Texas Tech Center for Biotechnology & Genomics. Research and teaching were always central to his life; he also enjoyed traveling in Europe, the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, and the garden and poodles he shared with his wife.”—Miranda S. Fram, daughter-in-law

Most recent title: professor of chemistry and biochemistry, director of the Center for Biotechnology & Genomics, Texas Tech University

Education: B.S., chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962; Ph.D., chemistry, Yale University, 1966

Survivors: wife, Joyce; daughter, Devorah; and a granddaughter


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