Stephen F. Heinemann, a Salk neuroscientist and expert on neurotransmitter receptors in the brain, died after a long illness on August 6 in San Diego. He was 75.
Heinemann joined Salk's faculty in 1970 and established the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory. By the late 1980s, his program ranked number one worldwide.
"Steve was a giant of twentieth century neuroscience," says William Brody, president of the Salk Institute. "His discoveries opened many avenues to better understand the function of the brain and for pursuing new therapies for neurological disorders."
Born February 11, 1939 in Boston, Heinemann earned a bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology, a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University and completed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University School of Medicine.
A president of the Society for Neuroscience, his honors include the Bristol-Myers Squibb Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research Award and the Julius Axelrod Prize.
Heinemann is survived by his wife, the former Ann Reischauer; sons Nate, Danny, Quentin and Tad; daughter Eden Westgarth; sisters Marcia Saunders, Kristel Heinemann, Marianna Holzer and Heidi Holzer; and 12 grandchildren.