Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A teacher, entrepreneur and peerless scientist, Hector DeLuca has embodied the Wisconsin Idea for more than 50 years. His research into the metabolism and activity of vitamins D and A is transforming the lives of patients around the world. DeLuca has founded two companies and helped develop multiple drugs to treat bone diseases, chronic kidney failure and other afflictions. With nearly 2,000 patents to his name, the earnings from his innovative technologies have allowed WARF to return tens of millions of dollars to the university through annual grants.