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Nov. 27, 1935 – June 11, 2014

Shib Prasad Dutta, Ph.D., of Williamsville, a retired Roswell Park Cancer Institute research scientist, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 78.

Born in Calcutta, India, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Vidyasgar College in West Bengal and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Science College in Calcutta.

He worked for Union Carbide Calcutta and ICI India as a chemist, then completed his doctorate in organic chemistry in Bose Institute Calcutta.

Dr. Dutta came to Buffalo in 1967 as a post-doctoral student at the University at Buffalo. Completing his studies, he joined Roswell Park’s department of biophysics, where he focused on synthesis of modified nucleoside derivatives and isolating nucleoside metaolites from human fluids.

Later in his career, he became adept with the mass spectrometry machines, developing tests for cancer drugs in fluids such as plasma, urine and cells.

Dr. Dutta also served as a consultant and mass spectrometry expert at the institute, providing guidance, training and technical assistance. His work contributed to the development of the mass spectrometry facility at Roswell Park. He retired in 2001.

In retirement, he became the librarian for the Hindu Cultural Center of Western New York, in accord with his lifelong passion for reading.

He also enjoyed travel and debating the issues of the day.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Bharati Ghosh; two daughters, Dr. Suparna and Rettuparna; a brother, Shyama; and a sister, Gitasri Roy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, after visitation at 9.