Dr. Herbert Hauptman, Nobel laureate, dies in NY

October 25, 2011 - 1:55 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dr. Herbert Hauptman, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 and worked into his 90s at the New York research institute that bears his name, has died. He was 94.

A colleague says Hauptman died in Buffalo on Sunday, not long after having a stroke.

Hauptman was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for developing mathematical methods for deducing the molecular structure of chemical compounds.

At the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, chief executive Eaton Lattman described the mood Monday as sad as he discussed the importance of the institute president's work.

Lattman says the methodology for which Hauptman was recognized lets scientists make three-dimensional representations of drugs, a tool that's had an important impact on the development of pharmaceuticals.

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