Eugene Roberts | November 6, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 44 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 44 | p. 44 | Obituaries
Issue Date: November 6, 2017

Obituary: Eugene Roberts

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries
Credit: Courtesy of Ruth Roberts
Eugene Roberts.
Credit: Courtesy of Ruth Roberts

Eugene Roberts, 96, died on Nov. 8, 2016, in Monrovia, Calif.

“In 1943, he was selected to be assistant head of the inhalation section of the Manhattan Project at the University of Rochester in New York to establish safe limits for exposure to uranium dusts. In 1946, Roberts joined the Division of Cancer Research at Washington University in St. Louis, where he developed a comprehensive program to study nitrogen metabolism and characterize differences between normal and neoplastic tissues. In 1950, he was first to report the discovery of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. The work was key in demonstrating GABA as the main inhibitory neurotransmitter.”—Ruth Roberts, wife

Most recent title: distinguished scientist, City of Hope Beckman Research Center

Education: B.S., chemistry, Wayne State University, 1940; Ph.D., biochemistry, University of Michigan, 1943; M.D., H.C. University of Florence

Survivors: wife, Ruth; daughters, Judith and Miriam; son, Paul

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