David Ferdman

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Ferdman, David Lazarevich


Born Dec. 25, 1902 (Jan. 7, 1903), in Terespol’ (Polish spelling, Terespol), in what is now the Polish province of Lublin; died Jan. 11, 1970, in Kiev. Soviet biochemist. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1946) and of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR (1939).

Ferdman graduated from the Kharkov Institute of Public Education in 1925. From 1925 to 1931 and from 1943 to 1970, he worked at the Institute of Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR, and from 1944 to 1970 he was also a professor at the University of Kiev. From 1930 to 1943 he worked at the Kharkov Medical Institute.

Ferdman’s research dealt mainly with the metabolism of phosphorus compounds, the formation and elimination of ammonia in active muscles, and metabolism in unhealthy muscles. He determined the presence and function of glutamine in animal tissue. Ferdman was awarded the Order of Lenin and several medals.


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Biokhimiia, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1966.
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