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Van Heyningen, Ruth (1917–)

Van Heyningen, Ruth (1917–)

Welsh ophthalmologist. Name variations: Ruth Eleanor Treverton; Ruth Eleanor van Heyningen. Born Ruth Eleanor Treverton, Oct 16, 1917, in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales; attended Newnham College, Cambridge, 1937–40, University of Cambridge, PhD in biochemistry, 1951, DSc, 1972; m. Dr. William Edward van Heyningen (Oxford University reader), June 24, 1940.

An expert on the biochemical process of cataract formation, worked as a research assistant at the Lister Institute in London (1943–48) and researcher for University of Oxford's Department of Anatomy (1948–52); at Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, served as a research assistant (1952–69) and as a senior research officer (1969–77); with Antoinette Pirie, wrote Biochemistry of the Eye (1956).

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