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Jui H. Wang, influential biomedical researcher at UB

March 16, 1921 – Jan. 17, 2016

Jui Hsin Wang of Williamsville, a biochemical researcher and Einstein professor of science emeritus at the University at Buffalo, died Sunday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 94.

Mr. Wang, who came to UB in 1972, founded and directed the university’s Bioenergetics Laboratory. He retired in 2006.

His research focused on design and synthesis of inhibitors that act as antiviral and anti-cancer agents and the synthesis of advanced electroactive materials. He authored 248 articles on his work for professional publications and was awarded several patents in conjunction with other UB researchers.

Born in Beijing, he earned his bachelor’s degree from National Southwest Associated University in Kunming, China, in 1945. He completed his doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis in 1949, and went on to become a post-doctoral fellow there for the next two years.

In 1951, Mr. Wang went to Yale University as a research fellow and became the Eugene Higgins professor of chemistry and molecular biophysics. He received an honorary master’s degree from Yale in 1960 and was a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University in England in 1960-61.

His wife, Yen Chan, who taught Chinese at Yale, died in 1993.

Surviving are two daughters, Dr. Jane Wang and Nancy Dudgeon; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One of his grandsons, Ben Silberman, is a co-founder and chief executive officer of the Internet company Pinterest.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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