Biographical Information:
Dates: 1921-1995
Dates in Ridgefield:

educator, physician, scientist

A biophysicist and M.D., John Heller attended Princeton, where Alfred Einstein was his “unofficial undergraduate advisor.” He was a Professor of Internal Medical at Yale University School of Medicine. At the New England Institute in Ridgefield, which closed in 1973, he was, in addition to his other duties, a research scientist. He received a Bronze Medal from the Squibb Corporation; Silver Medal from the Pasteur Institute; and International Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Reticuloendothelial System Research. He was named fellow at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory. He is probably best known for his work on the Shroud of Turin as a member of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP). The Shroud has been described as “a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion....Some contend that the shroud is the cloth placed on the body of Jesus Christ at the time of his burial....” but this has not been conclusively explained by science.

Of Mice, Men, and Molecules, 1960
Reticuloendothelial Structure and Function, 1960
Science Looks at Itself,1970
Report on the Shroud of Turin, 1983

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