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William Cumming Rose
Born April 4, 1887
Greenville, South Carolina
Died September 25, 1985 (1985-09-26) (aged 98)
Urbana, Illinois
Nationality United States
Fields nutritionist
Alma mater Yale University
Known for essential amino acid threonine
Notable awards National Medal of Science in 1966

William Cumming Rose (April 4, 1887 – September 25, 1985) was an American nutritionist whose research in the 1930s discovered the essential amino acid threonine.

He graduated with a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1911. Rose served in several academic posts before accepting a position at the University of Texas Galveston Medical School to organize a department of biochemistry. In 1922, he went to the University of Illinois as professor of physiological chemistry, a title which was changed to professor of biochemistry in 1936. From 1922 to 1955 he transformed his department into a center of excellence for the training of biochemists.[1] He retired from the University of Illinois in 1955.

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