Ten fun facts about Gerty Theresa Cori


Fact 1
She is also the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Fact 2
In 1943, she was made an associate professor of Research Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology.

Fact 3
Months before she won the Nobel Prize, she was promoted to full professor, a post she held until her death in 1957.


Fact 4
She the first to show that a defect in an enzyme can be the cause of a human genetic disease.

Fact 5
Despite rampant gender discrimination and nepotism rules, she never stopped pursuing her lifelong interest in medical research.

Fact 6
Brilliant and quick-witted, Cori was a superb experimentalist as well as a perfectionist.

Fact 7
In 1947 Gerty Cori became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science, the previous recipients being Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie.

Fact 8
The crater Cori on the Moon is named after her.

Fact 9
The Cori crater on Venus is named after her.

Fact 10
She also shares a star with her husband Carl on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.


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was an American biochemist who became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science

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