Robert Rampatnam Williams (1886-1965)
Watercolor, black ink, gouache, and charcoal on heavy yellow watercolor paper
Overall: 25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. ( 64.1 x 49.5 cm )
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower right in black ink: "Enit Kaufman"
A subject, a noted chemist and nutritionist, was born in Nellore, India, the son of Baptist missionaries. He sought to develop a high grade of rubber for use under water, which led to his appointment in 1925 as chemical director of Bell Telephone Laboratories. Pursuing his interest in nutrition, in 1933, in collaboration with Robert Waterman, he succeeded in isolating and synthesizing vitamin B1 or thiamin.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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