Dr. Paul Greengard was the Vincent Astor Professor, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and Director of The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research. Greengard received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1953. He spent five years in England receiving advanced training at the University of London, at Cambridge University and at the National Institute of Medical Research. Upon his return to the United States, Greengard worked for eight years as Director of Biochemistry at Geigy (now Novartis). From 1968 to 1983 Greengard served as Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Yale University, after which he moved to his position at Rockefeller University.
Over the years, Greengard’s achievements have earned him many distinguished awards including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award for Medical Research, The Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, The National Academy of Sciences Award in the Neurosciences, the 3M Life Sciences Award of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. In 2000, Greengard was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to elucidating how neurotransmitters work in signal transduction in the nervous system. Among his many awards and honors include, the 1997 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and the 1991 NAS Award in the Neurosciences. He also received Karolinska Institutet’s Bicentennial Gold Medal on September 23, 2010. This medal was the highest award conferred by Karolinska Institutet during its 200th anniversary celebrations, and recognizes the work of an individual not permanently located at the Karolinska Institutet, who has contributed to the esteemed Swedish university’s activities. Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
“Dr. Greengard is one of the most prominent scientists of this century.” says Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, President of Karolinska Institutet. “His seminal work has revealed several of the mechanisms behind psychiatric diseases. He has been a mentor for generations of Karolinska Institutet scientists, who have been inspired by his scientific leadership and by his extraordinary capacity to reveal the biological meaning and medical implications of a series of unexpected observations from the laboratory.”
He was an Honorary Member of the National Academies of Science in Sweden, Norway and Serbia and has been the recipient of many honorary degrees. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Surviving Dr. Greengard is his wife, Ursula; three children, Claude Greengard, Leslie Greengard and Ursula Anne von Rydingsvard; a sister, Linda Greengard; and six grandchildren; and scores of dear friends, employees, and colleagues whom he loved like family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize at http://go.rockefeller.edu/pearl-meister-greengard-prize-donate.
A scientific symposium will be planned for 2020. More details will be sent later this year.