one per month for 42 years. His contributions to human nutritional science were exceptional.

Vernon Young was born in Rhyl, North Wales, in 1937 but lived in Cardiff from an early age. His interest in agriculture developed from visits to an uncle’s farm in Nottinghamshire. He obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Reading in 1959 and a postgraduate diploma from Cambridge University in 1960. He then moved to the University of California, Davis, and obtained his Ph.D. in 1965 with a thesis on calcium and phosphorus homeostasis in sheep. He came to the Department of Nutrition and Food Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow in the same year and was promoted to assistant professor the following year. He rose rapidly through the ranks and became a full professor in 1977.

Soon after arriving at MIT he met his future wife, Janice Harrington, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, who was then executive secretary of the department. They were married in 1966 and settled permanently in Wellesley. Vernon Young’s life was dedicated to his research at MIT and with many collaborators in other institutions and countries, but he was also devoted to his wife, his four sons—Christopher, Andrew, Michael, and Richard—and his daughter, Patricia. They were a happy and devoted family. Vernon did much of his writing at his home in Wellesley when he was not in his MIT office or traveling. A twin sister, Sylvia Young Price, lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


In addition to his professorship at MIT Young served as associate program director of the MIT Clinical Research Center, 1985-1987, and director of research for the Shriners Burns Institute, 1987-1990. Additional appointments in Boston at the time of his death included lecturer in surgery, Harvard

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