Gerty Cori


August 15, 1896 – October 26, 1957

Place of study: 

University College, London, United Kingdom Karl-Ferdinands-Universität, Prague

 State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases, New York.

Famous for: 

  • Investigating carbohydrate metabolism.  
  • Discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen is broken down in muscle tissue into lactic acid and then resynthesized in the body and stored as a source of energy (known as the Cori cycle).
  • Discovery of an intermediate compound in frog muscles that enabled the breakdown of glycogen, called glucose 1-phosphate, now known as the Cori ester.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1947)

Garvan–Olin Medal (1948)

St. Louis Award (1948)

Sugar Research Prize (1950)

Borden Award (1951)

Fun fact:

The crater Cori on the Moon is named after her, as is the Cori crater on Venus!