Ten fun facts about Gertrude Belle Elion


Fact 1
Gertrude Elion was born in New York City on January 23, 1918.

Fact 2
In 1937, she completed her graduation from Hunter College with a B.A degree in chemistry.

Fact 3
Gertrude Elion completed her M.S in chemistry from New York University in 1941.


Fact 4
She occupied the position of the head of the company’s Department of Experimental Therapy and officially retired in 1983.

Fact 5
Trudy assumed the status of scientist emeritus and remained active in her field for the next 16 years. She was advisor to the World Health Organization and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Fact 6
Gertrude Elion is a holder of 45 patents, 23 honorary degrees and a lengthy list of other honors.

Fact 7
Trudy shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1988 with her associate George H. Hitchings and English scientist James Black. The prize was given for her discovery of important principles for drug treatment.

Fact 8
Her most rewarding activity was the mentoring each year of a third-year Duke University medical student who would take a year off from courses and do research under her aegis.

Fact 9
Gertrude was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1990 and to the Institute of Medicine in 1991.

Fact 10
Gertrude Elion died on February 21, 1999 in North Carolina.


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Was an American pharmacologist and biochemist who was famous for her scientific discovery of drugs to treat leukemia and herpes and to prevent the rejection of kidney transplants.



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