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Corey, Robert Brainard (19 August 1897–23 April 1971), protein crystallographer, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Fred Brainard Corey, an electrical engineer, and Caroline Louise Heberd. Robert attended a private elementary academy, Brown School, in Schenectady, New York. In 1914 his father moved the family to Pittsburgh, and Robert attended high school in Edgewood, Pennsylvania. In the great polio epidemic that swept the United States during the second decade of the twentieth century, Corey contracted infantile paralysis that caused crippling effects that he was eventually able to mitigate. His remaining disabilities did not prevent him from hiking and playing baseball and tennis. Quiet and shy, Corey was attracted to science; the experimental approach to reality became the foundation of his career and colored his outlook on life. Having decided to study chemistry, he entered the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in 1919. He went on to Cornell University, undertaking studies in inorganic chemistry under Louis Munroe Dennis....