Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. A mathematician, he was honored in 1985 for developing the equations necessary for x-ray crystallography to be used in mapping molecular structure. Raised in the Bronx, he graduated from Townsend Harris Hall, a high school for gifted students, then received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York (CCNY) in 1937 as part of a class that also produced Nobel laureates Jonas Salk and Kenneth Arrow. Hauptman earned his master's degree from Columbia University in 1939 and during World War II served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. Following the conflict he joined the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC, where he and his colleague Dr. Jerome Karle began the work that eventually led to their sharing of the Nobel Prize. Though x-ray crystallography already existed it took Hauptman's calculations to enable researchers to convert film images into three dimensional models, thus facilitating the manufacture of new drugs. In 1955 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland then in 1970 moved to the Medical Foundation of Buffalo (now, the Hauptman-Woodward Institute) where he performed endocrine research while serving as professor of biophysics at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Hauptman was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, lived out his days in Amherst, New York, and died of the effects of advanced age.
Bio by: Bob Hufford