DR. LEONARD ORNSTEIN, RENOWNED CELL BIOLOGIST AND PROFESSOR EMERITUS, MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, PASSES AWAY AT 87.
Leonard Ornstein, Professor Emeritus of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and a renowned cell biologist, died May 7, 2013, at the age of 87. Dr. Ornstein’s grandfather, Solomon Ornstein, bought the former Bleck’s Hotel in Equinunk in 1921, and within a few years turned it into a family summer home. Every summer of his life, Leonard Ornstein spent part (and, upon retirement, all) of the summer in residence at the home in Equinunk, where he had many of the most treasured experiences of his life. The remainder of the year he lived in Westchester County, New York.
He had a long and distinguished career in cell biology, and was involved in a number of groundbreaking studies, including development of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, used for the analysis of proteins and nucleic acids. He also researched and wrote about information theory and meaning, agricultural irrigation and global warming, among other topics, and invented blood diagnostic machinery widely used in hospitals. He held 26 patents in the fields of histochemistry, bioengineering and agricultural irrigation.