Dr Robert Atkins MD was on his way to work at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, in Manhattan, New York. He slipped and fell, during a spring snowstorm and hit his head on an icy sidewalk.
Admitted to the Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York, on 8th April 2003, Dr Atkins (72) had surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, but went into a coma and died of complications at 11:01 on 17th April 2003.
Robert Coleman Atkins was born to Jewish parents Eugene and Norma (née Tuckerman) in Columbus, Ohio in October 1930. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1951 then gained a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1955. After university, Atkins completed an internship at Strong Hospital, Rochester NY, finishing his residency at hospitals affiliated to Columbia University.
Atkins set up a private cardiology practice in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in 1959. At first, it wasn’t working out well. Atkins was overweight and depressed.
Atkins was intrigued by research on low carb, completed by Alfred W Pennington during WW2, at DuPont. Pennington’s rsearch was the turning point for Dr Atkins, personally and professionally. The first of many books was published in 1972.
Rpbert Atkins was survived by his wife Veronica, whom he had married in 1986, aged 56 and by his mother, Norma Tuckerman Atkins.