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Remembering Dr. Herbert Hauptman's work

Photo from Hauptman-Woodward Website

Buffalo's Nobel Laureate is being remembered by those who knew his work in scientific research.  Dr. Herbert Hauptman died Sunday at the age of 94.   Some leaders from the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo.

Hauptman-Woodward CEO Dr. Eaton Lattman said those who worked with Hauptman are feeling both "sad" and "privileged".

"He was a wonderful human being and everyone misses him on a human level.  So it's a big loss," said Dr. Lattman.   "Although he hadn't been coming to work for the last year or so we certainly all thought of him and visited him and he was very much in our minds and hearts."

Hauptman won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985 for his work with crystal structures.  But never walked away from his commitment to working in Buffalo.

"It's easy for people who receive the prize to move to the Harvards, Yales and Staffords of the world. And Dr. Hauptman didn't do that. He stayed in Buffalo. He helped us institute, grow and flourish. He helped the University of Buffalo grow and flourish," said Dr. 

Connie Constantine is a former Hauptman Board chair.  She is a fourth generation of Woodward family members to be involved with the institute.

"It will continue to work off of Herb's methods, his ideas and his research. There's an awful lot they don't know yet because there are a lot of molecules," said Constantine.

Constantine recalls Hauptman's detailed scientific research .

"One of the things eh was really interested in solving is how you describe the fourth dimension in the third dimension, and he worked on this in the morning," said Constantine.

Hauptman-Woodward will be working with the family to plan a memorial service.