Schoenheimer, Rudolph

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Schoenheimer, Rudolph Gender: M
Rudolf Schönheimer
born on 10 May 1898 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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Rudolph Schoenheimer


German-American biochemist who developed the technique of isotope tagging of biomolecules, enabling detailed study of metabolism. This work revealed that all the constituents of an organism are in a constant state of chemical renewal. He further established that cholesterol is a risk factor in atherosclerosis.

After graduating in medicine from the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin, he learned further organic chemistry at the University of Leipzig and then studied biochemistry at the University of Freiburg where he rose to be Head of Physiological Chemistry.

He spent the 1930-1931 academic year at the University of Chicago.

In 1933, following the rise of the Nazis to power he emigrated from Germany to the Columbia University to join the department of Biological Chemistry. Working with David Rittenberg, from the radiochemistry laboratory of Harold C. Urey and later together with Konrad Bloch, they used stable isotopes to tag foodstuffs and trace their metabolism within living things.

He suffered from manic depression all of his life, which led to him committing suicide using cyanide on 11 September 1941, aged 43.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German emigrant to USA)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Biochemist)
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry (Biochemist)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Isotope tagging of biomolecules)