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Robert H. Burris

Robert H. Burris
Born April 13, 1914
Brookings, South Dakota
Died May 11, 2010(2010-05-11) (aged 96)
Nationality United States
Fields Biochemistry
Alma mater South Dakota State University
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Known for Nitrogen fixation research
Notable awards National Medal of Science (1979)
John J. Carty Award (1984)
Wolf Prize in Agriculture (1985)

Robert H. Burris (April 13, 1914 – May 11, 2010) was a professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1961.[2] Research in Burris's lab focused on enzyme reaction mechanisms,[1] and he made significant contributions to our knowledge of nitrogen fixation.[2][3]


Born in Brookings, South Dakota,[4] Burris earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry at South Dakota State University in 1936 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1940.[1]


He did postdoctoral research with Harold Urey at Columbia University, and later moved back to Madison, eventually becoming a professor in the Biochemistry Department. He was chairman of the Department from 1958 to 1970.[1] He retired from active research in 1984, having trained more than 70 doctoral research students.[5]

He died in 2010 aged 96.[5][6]

Awards and distinctions


  1. ^ a b c d "Robert H Burris Faculty Page". Department of Biochemistry. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chet, Ilan (December 24, 2009). Wolf Prize in Agriculture. World Scientific Publishing Company. pp. 245–250. ISBN 978-981-283-584-0. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Evans, Harold; Robert H. Burris (April 30, 1992). Gary Stacey, ed. Biological Nitrogen Fixation. Springer. ISBN 978-0-412-02421-4. 
  4. ^ Memorial Resolution of the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the death of Professor Emeritus Robert H. Burris
  5. ^ a b Mitchell, Bob (May 12, 2010). "Noted UW-Madison biochemist Robert Burris dies at 96". University of Wisconsin-Madison News. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Derby, Samara Kalk (May 12, 2010). "World-renowned UW-Madison biochemist Robert H. Burris dies at 96". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "National Medal of Science Recipients 1962-200x". 9 December 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "1979 National Medal of Science". Washington, DC: National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Past Winners of the Spencer Award". University of Missouri–Kansas City. Retrieved 19 January 2010. [dead link]

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