Alfred Newton Richards, PhD,. emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and former president of the National Academy of Sciences, died March 24, two days after his 90th birthday, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Dr. Richards, who held honorary degrees—including two honorary MD degrees—from 12 universities, earned his PhD in physiological chemistry from Columbia University in 1901.
During World War II, he was chairman of the Committee on Medical Research of the Office of Scientific Research and Development.
From 1898 until 1908, Dr. Richards taught at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then went to Northwestern University Medical School as professor of pharmacology until 1910, when he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as professor of pharmacology. He was vice-president for medical affairs from 1939 until, 1948.
Born in Stamford, NY, Dr. Richards was married in 1908 to Lillian L. Woody, who