Dr. David Horrobin, one of the pioneers in essential fatty
research, recently passed away. He had suffered for several
years from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
I first met David Horrobin at a convention in 1981, where
he gave a talk about the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids,
their functions, their deficiency symptoms, and their healing
This meeting with Dr. Horrobin sparked my interest in EFAs,
and fired me up to take a serious look at them. That was
21 years ago and, because of his influence, I am still looking
at them. David Horrobin also introduced me to Siegfried Gursche,
who in turn introduced me to the work of Johanna Budwig.
David Horrobin was special to me. I consider him my first
mentor in the field of fats. In graduate studies, genetics
was my greatest interest. Fats seemed rather dull and uninteresting.
Dr. Horrobin's enthusiasm made them interesting, and that
enthusiasm changed my career and my life journey.
Over the years, I have had the privilege to listen to David
Horrobin on many occasions. He was a great teacher, always
interesting, always on the cutting edge of research. Each
time I listened to him, my understanding of the roles of
EFAs in health expanded.
I am grateful to have known him, will miss the wisdom and
kindness of this gentle soul, and will continue to cherish
the benefits he so freely shared with many.
Author: Fats That Heal Fats That Kill