Irwin Rose (Irwin Allan Rose)

Irwin Rose

Irwin Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York, into a secular Jewish family, the son of Ella (Greenwald) and Harry Royze, who owned a flooring store. Irwin Rose attended Washington State University for one year prior to serving in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning from the war he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1948 and his PhD in biochemistry in 1952, both from the University of Chicago. Irwin Rose served on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine’s department of biochemistry from 1954 to 1963. He then joined the Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1963 and stayed there until he retired in 1995. Irwin Rose joined University of Pennsylvania during the 1970s and served as a Professor of Physical Biochemistry. Irwin Rose was a distinguished professor-in-residence in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine at the time his Nobel Prize was announced in 2004. Irwin (Ernie) trained several postdoctoral research fellows while at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. These included Art Haas, the first to see Ubiquitin chains, Keith Wilkinson, the one to first identify APF-1 as Ubiquitin, and Cecile Pickart, a world class enzymologist in many parts of the Ub system. Irwin Rose was awarded the Nobel prize in 2004. Irwin Rose was married to Zelda Budenstein and had four children.  After retiring, he moved to California, where he took a position as a researcher at the University of California in Irvine. He died on June 2, 2015 at Deerfield, Massachusetts.

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  • July, 16, 1926
  • USA
  • Brooklyn, New York


  • June, 02, 2015
  • USA
  • Deerfield, Massachusetts

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