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Aaron Bodansky

Born 1896
Died 1941

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American biochemist, born 1896, Elizabethgrad, Russia; died 1941.

Biography of Aaron Bodansky

Aaron Bodansky was born in Russia. In 1897, when he was eleven years old, the family migrated to the United States. He graduated Ph. D. in 1923 from Cornell University and M.D. from the University of Chicago in 1935. In about 1926 he joined the staff of the Laboratory Division at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.

From 1930 Bodansky was professor of pathological chemistry at University of Texas, Austin, and director of laboratories at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

He was an excellent teacher who contributed much to the literature on hormonal studies and bone and to biochemical techniques. His special interest was in calcium metabolism. Aaron Bodansky was married to Marie Syrkin. They had one son, David. She left Bodansky and took the child with her because she wanted to pursue a career of her own.

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