Klotz, Irving M(yron) 1916–2005

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Klotz, Irving M(yron) 1916–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born January 22, 1916, in Chicago, IL; died of kidney failure resulting from prostate cancer April 27, 2005, in Evanston, IL. Physical chemist, educator, and author. Klotz, a professor emeritus at Northwestern University, was a renowned physical biochemist as well as an authority on chemical thermodynamics. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he earned his B.S. in 1937 and a Ph.D. three years later. He then joined the Northwestern faculty that year, becoming a full professor in 1950. Klotz was named Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in 1962 and retired in 1986. An expert on how chemistry relates to the physical processes that create and maintain life, he studied the functions of enzymes and proteins in the human body, publishing papers and books on these subjects, as well as on thermodynamics. Among his publications are Chemical Thermodynamics: Basic Theory and Methods (1950; sixth edition, 2000), Energy Changes in Biochemical Reactions (1967), and Ligand-Receptor Energetics: A Guide for the Perplexed (1997). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society of Medicine, Klotz continued to lecture widely for years after his retirement.



Chicago Tribune, May 3, 2005, section 3, p. 11.


Northwestern University Web site, http://www.northwestern.edu/ (May 3, 2005).

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