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Emil Kaiser in his laboratory, circa 1985

Emil Thomas Kaiser (1938-1988) was a Hungarian-born American biochemist. He was most notable for his research on enzyme modification. He also was noted for developing new types of catalysts and for a more active form of a peptide hormone.

Kaiser was the Louis Block Professor at the University of Chicago, the Patrick E. and Beatrice M. Haggerty Professor at Rockefeller University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Institutes of Health] and the National Science Foundation. The Protein Society has established an award in Kaiser's name - The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award which "recognizes a significant contribution in applying chemistry to the study of proteins.”

Kaiser was born in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. degree and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1963 and advanced to the Louis Block Professorship in 1981. He moved to the Rockefeller University in 1982.

Years at The Rockefeller University: 1982-1988


enzyme modification, catalysts, peptide hormone


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