Ines Mandl, Austrian-born American biochemist, Died at 98


Ines Mandl was born on April 4, 1917, and died on August 5, 2016.

She was an Austrian-born American biochemist.

He was awarded the Garvan-Olin Medal in 1983 for her work on the enzyme collagenase.

She accepted a job in the surgery department at Columbia University after finishing her PhD in 1949, and stayed at Columbia for the rest of her career.

During 1950, she became the first scientist to extract collagenase from the bacterium Clostridium histolyticum.

Her other work involved the study of respiratory distress in newborns and the biochemistry of pulmonary emphysema. She held a teaching appointment in microbiology and co-authored more than 140 academic publications.

During 1972, she founded an academic journal in her field, Connective Tissue Research; she was editor of the journal from its first issue until her retirement in 1986.

Her work was recognized in 1977 with the Carl Neuberg Medal from the American Society of European Chemists and Pharmacists, and in 1983 with the Garvan Medal from the American Chemical Society.

Ines was also awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Ines Mandl passed away at 98 years old.