Dr. Hauptman Remembered as Brilliant Scientist

October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) He's being remembered as the mathematician who shocked the chemistry world.

Dr. Herbert Hauptman used x-ray images and classical math to finally figure out what a molecule actually looks like.

It was a mystery that baffled scientists for decades, and at first, many discounted his discovery has worthless.

"He was 'booed' off the dais several times," says Constance Stafford Constantine, a friend and former Board Chair for the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute.

Dr. Hauptman's methods were proven to be correct.

In 1985, he was the first mathematician to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

For the rest of his life, Dr. Hauptman continued to do research - refusing to retire.

On October 23, the dedicated scientist died from natural causes at age 94, but his research is not over.

Dr. Hauptman never used a computer, choosing to work with yellow pads and number two pencils.

"He has left reams of paper for his team to continue to work with.

So, this is really not the end of Herb Hauptman's research," adds Constance Stafford Constantine.