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Britton Chance (1913–2010)

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Science  17 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6011, pp. 1641
DOI: 10.1126/science.1200976

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Britton Chance was the Eldridge Reeves Johnson emeritus professor of biophysics, physical chemistry, and radiologic physics at the University of Pennsylvania. In a remarkable life, he was both a renowned biophysicist and a worldclass yachtsman. Recognized for his pioneering research on how living organisms capture, manage, and produce cellular energy, he leaves a rich legacy of laboratory and clinical instrumentation and a wide range of discoveries and principles fundamental to biological catalysis and energetics, and biomedical application. Among his many honors was the National Medal of Science (1974). His parallel, lifelong love affair with sailing, mainly enjoyed in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, culminated in his gold medal in the 1952 summer Olympics. Britton Chance pursued his research and sailing until his death on 16 November at age 97.