George M. Katz, a scientific researcher who developed pioneering technology to measure the electrical conductivity of nerve and muscle cells, electronic instruments to visualize the inside of the stomach, and techniques to transmit electrocardiograms via telephone, died March 3, 2006, after a long illness. He was 83. He earned his M.S. degree in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1959 and his Ph.D. degree in physiology from Columbia University in 1967. He spent more than 30 years of his career at Columbia, first in the Department of Surgery and later in the Department of Neurology in the lab of Dr. Harry Grundfest. Much of the research was accomplished when the Columbia laboratory group moved for four months a year to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. After retirement, Dr. Katz remained a member of the Marine Biological Laboratory Corporation and a summer resident until his death. He is survived by his wife, Marcella, two daughters, including Martha Katz of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Barbara Green of Seattle, Washington, and four grandchildren.
Reprinted with permission of the Columbia University Medical Center.