Hans Kosterlitz, 93, a biochemist and co-discoverer of a...


November 09, 1996

Hans Kosterlitz, 93, a biochemist and co-discoverer of a brain substance that opened the door to sophisticated research on painkillers, died Oct. 26 in London.

He and John Hughes, his former student, in 1975 discovered enkephalins, opiatelike substances that occur naturally in the brain. The breakthrough paved the way for major research into new kinds of painkillers that are not addictive.

In 1978, Mr. Kosterlitz, Mr. Hughes and American researcher Solomon H. Snyder of the Johns Hopkins University shared the Albert Lasker Prize for their work on the natural occurring opiates and their receptors in the brain.

Mr. Kosterlitz was born in Berlin, obtained his doctor's degree at Berlin University in 1929 and became a researcher at Aberdeen University in 1934.

Col. Frank Kurtz, 85, an Olympic diving medalist and highly decorated World War II pilot, died Oct. 31 in Los Angeles. He received the French Croix de Guerre, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, three silver stars, three air medals and five presidential citations. He won a bronze medal for diving at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and competed in the 1936 games in Berlin.

Pub Date: 11/09/96

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