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H. Boyd Woodruff (1917–2017)

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Science  28 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6336, pp. 381
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan3952

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The quietly brilliant industrial microbiologist H. Boyd Woodruff, whose work underpinned two Nobel Prizes, died at home in Watchung, NJ, on 19 January. He was 99. We lost a dear friend and mentor, and the world lost one of its last living links to the dawn of antibiotic discovery. Boyd played a major role in the expansion of the pharmaceutical industry from relying primarily on chemistry to also embracing microbial natural products.