Princeton chemist Edward C. Taylor, inventor of anti-cancer drug, dies at 94

November 29th, 2017 / University Comm...

Professor Edward C. Taylor

Edward C. Taylor, a Princeton University chemistry professor whose research into butterfly wing pigments led to the development of a cancer-fighting drug used worldwide, died Nov. 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 94.

“Ted Taylor’s scientific discoveries contributed greatly to this University and to the medical treatments available to cancer patients,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “His ebullient love of chemistry and his cheerful spirit made him a mentor to many and a treasured friend to the Princeton Department of Chemistry. We will miss him greatly.”

Taylor, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry, Emeritus, joined the Princeton faculty in 1954 and transferred to emeritus status in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St., St. Paul, Minnesota. Donations may be made in Taylor’s memory to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, VT 05091.

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