Koch, Fred Conrad
- Bonnie Ellen Blustein
Koch, Fred Conrad (16 May 1876–26 January 1948), biochemist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Louise Henrietta Fischer and Frederick Koch (occupations unknown). Koch studied chemistry at the University of Illinois, receiving the B.S. in 1899 and the M.S. in 1900. Koch remained there, serving as an instructor in chemistry, for two years. He married Bertha Ethel Zink in 1901. A year later, he began working as a research chemist for the Armour Packing Company, a position he held until 1909. At that time he entered the University of Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in physiological chemistry in 1912 under Albert P. Mathews, working on the digestive hormone gastrin and on “the iodine-containing complex in thyreoglobulin.” He also studied under ...