Vincent du Vigneaud

Vincent du Vigneaud

Vincent du Vigneaud
Born May 18, 1901
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died December 11, 1978(1978-12-11) (aged 77)
Ithaca, New York, USA
Nationality United States
Fields Chemistry
Alma mater University of Rochester
Doctoral advisor John R. Murlin
Notable awards Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1955)
Willard Gibbs Award (1956)

Vincent du Vigneaud (May 18, 1901 – December 11, 1978) was an American biochemist. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1955 for the isolation, structural identification, and total synthesis of the cyclic peptide, oxytocin.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Legacy 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Du Vigneaud graduated from Schurz High School in 1918. He began studying chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was influenced by lectures of Carl Shipp Marvel. After receiving his M.S. in 1924 he joined DuPont.

He married Zella Zon Ford on June 12, 1924. Restarting his academic career in 1925, he joined the group of John R. Murlin at the University of Rochester for his Ph.D thesis. He graduated in 1927 with his work, The Sulfur in Insulin.

After post-doctoral position with University of Edinburgh Medical School. He then returned to the University of Illinois as a professor.[2]

He next went to Washington, D.C. in 1932 and to Cornell Medical College in New York City in 1938, where he stayed until his emeritation in 1967. Following that retirement, he held a position at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

In 1974 he suffered from a stroke which ended his academic career. One year after his wife's death in 1977, he died.


His career was characterized by an interest in sulfur, proteins, and especially, peptides. Even before his famous work on elucidating and synthesizing oxytocin and vasopressin, he had established a reputation for work on insulin, biotin, transmethylation, and penicillin.[3]

He also began a series of structure-activity relationships for oxytocin and vasopressin, perhaps the first for peptides. That work culminated in the publication of a book entitled, A Trail of Research in Sulphur Chemistry and Metabolism and Related Field.[4]


He joined Alpha Chi Sigma while at the University of Illinois in 1930.


  1. ^ Du Vigneaud V, Ressler C, Swan JM, RobertsCWand Katsoyannis PG (1954). "Oxytocin: synthesis". Journal of the American Chemical Society 76 (12): 3115–3118.  
  2. ^ Hofmann, Klaus. "Vincent du Vigneaud" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Ragnarsson, Ulf (2007). "The Nobel trail of Vincent du Vigneaud".  
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