Dean Burk, a retired chief chemist at the National Cancer Institute, died of cancer Thursday at the home of his daughter in Washington. He was 84.
Dr. Burk, was chief of cytochemistry at the institute’s laboratory, where he had worked for more than 30 years before retiring in 1974. He received the Hildebrand Prize in 1952 for his work on photosynthesis, the process by which plants make starch and sugar from air and water with the aid of sunlight.
He won the Gerhard Domagk Prize in 1965 for his development of procedures for distinguishing the difference between a normal cell and one damaged by cancer.
Dr. Burk was the co-developer of the prototype of the nuclear magnetic resonance scanner, an imagining device frequently used instead of X-rays. He was also a co-discoverer of biotin, one of the B-complex vitamins.
Dr. Burk was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1904 and received a Bachelor of Science in 1923 and a Ph.D. in 1927 from the University of California. From 1927 to 1929, he was a National Research Fellow, studying at University College in London, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin and Harvard University.
Point on expert, who do you beLIEve , the incompetent MD that is advising your politicians?