|Born||November 11, 1906|
|Died||January 24, 1970 63)(aged|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Doctoral advisor||Harold Urey|
|Known for||radiotracer method|
|Notable awards||Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry (1941)|
David Rittenberg (November 11, 1906 – January 24, 1970) was a U.S. biochemist who pioneered the radioactive tagging of molecules, enabling detailed studies of metabolism. These studies resulted in a change in the prevailing scientific theory, from a static, 'wear and tear' view of metabolic processes, to a dynamic theory in which constant and rapid buildup and degradation of body constituents takes place.