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Isidore Edelman, Professor Emeritus, Dies at 84
Isidore S. Edelman

Isidore S. Edelman, the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S), died Nov. 21, at the age of 84.

Edelman joined P&S in 1978 as chair of the biochemistry department, a position he held through 1989. During his tenure, he built the department into one of the premier biochemistry departments in the world. In 1991, he founded the Columbia Genome Center, which he directed until 2000. The Center was envisioned as a bridge between the biomedical and science-engineering communities on the two main Columbia campuses.

A notable scientist, Edelman’s leadership advanced academic and scientific enterprises in many ways, including his pioneering work on ion transport that led to the discovery of the sodium-potassium ATPase. He also was known for his work studying enzymes that transport crucial molecules into and out of cells.

Edelman was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his wife and children. Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Riverside Chapel on Amsterdam Avenue at 76 Street.

Published: Nov 24, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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