Dick Haugland, American biochemist, Died at 74


Richard Paul “Dick” Haugland was born on July 17, 1943, and died on October 3, 2016.

He was an American scientist.

He was noted for his work in researching and commercializing fluorescent dyes.

Dick completed his PhD at Stanford in 1970 under Lubert Stryer, showing in a now widely cited and classic paper that Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) can be used as a “spectroscopic ruler” to measure distances in macromolecules.

He founded Molecular Probes in 1975 and continued as its president after the corporation was bought by Invitrogen in 2003.

Dick Haugland was the original author of the authoritative volume on molecular probes, The Molecular Probes Handbook, now in its 11th edition.

Dick Haugland passed away at 74 years old.