Dr. Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi

Timeline: August 31, 1842 – June 10, 1906 Place of study: Female Medical College of Pennsylvania École de Médecine of the University of Paris Contributions to the field of medicine:  Dr. Jacobi wrote her famous essay ‘The Question of Rest for Women during Menstruation’ in response to a book that claimed physical exertion in menstruating […]

Dr. V. Craig Jordan

Born: New Braunfels, Texas, USA Place of study: University of Leeds, England Contribution to breast cancer research: Dr. Jordan’s PhD program involved studying anti-estrogens. He studied the effects of tamoxifen and other selective estrogen receptor modulators and their effects on bone density. Tamoxifen has since then revolutionized the treatment of breast cancer. His research demonstrated […]

Dr. Elwood V. Jensen

Timeline:  January 13, 1920 – December 16, 2012 Place of study:  Wittenberg University, Ohio University of Chicago, Chicago Contribution to breast cancer research:  Dr. Jensen studied steroid hormones and isolated estrogen receptors, discovering their importance in breast cancer. His research demonstrated that nearly 75% of all breast cancers express ERα, and that women showing significant […]

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Timeline:  July 19, 1921 – May 30, 2011 Place of study:  Hunter College, USA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA Famous for:  Development of the radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique, which helped in the screening of various types of hepatitis; identify hormone-related health problems such as diabetes mellitus; detect foreign substances in the blood including some cancers […]

Joseph Murray

Timeline:  April 1, 1919 – November 26, 2012 Place of study:  Harvard Medical School, USA Famous for:  Performing the first successful human kidney transplant Performing the world’s first successful allograft  Performing the world’s first cadaveric renal transplant Awards:  Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1990) American Surgical Association’s Medal for Distinguished Service to Surgery American […]

Alexander Fleming

Timeline:  6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955 Place of study:  St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Paddington Famous for:  Discovery of the world’s first broadly effective antibiotic substance, benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) Discovery of the enzyme, lysozyme Awards: Fellow of the Royal Society (1943) Cameron Prize for Therapeutics of the University of Edinburgh (1945) Nobel Prize […]

Marie Curie

Timeline:  7 November 1867 –  4 July 1934 Place of study:  University of Paris, France Famous for:  Discovery of two elements, polonium and radium Techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes Development of the theory of radioactivity Conducted studies for the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes Developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field […]

Louis Pasteur

Timeline:  December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895 Place of study: École Normale Supérieure, Paris Famous for: His discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization  Germ theory of disease Producing the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax Awards:  Foreign Member of the Royal Society (1869) Legion of Honor Grand Cross (1881) Foreign […]