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Irwin Rose dies at 88; Nobel-winning biochemist, UC Irvine researcher

Irwin Rose dies at 88; Nobel-winning biochemist, UC Irvine researcher

On an October morning in 2004, a bleary-eyed UC Irvine chemistry professor checked to see who had won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. He found the names of a team of three scientists, including an American named Irwin Rose. “Wait a second,” James Nowick recalled thinking. “That’s Ernie! That’s the guy I’m working with!” Nowick called up his friend, who was relieved to find it wasn’t yet another reporter. The humble scientist simply wanted to get back to the lab, “and by the end of the day, he did,” Nowick recalled. Rose died Tuesday in Deerfield, Mass., at the age of 88, according to UC Irvine spokeswoman Janet Wilson. A sharp,...

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