Gertrude Belle Elion

Gertrude Belle Elion

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 21 Feb 1999 (aged 81)
Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 107577873 · View Source
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Biochemist and pharmacologist, and a 1988 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Born in New York City to Bertha (Cohen) and Robert Elion. Graduated from Hunter College in 1937, and received an honorary doctorate from George Washington University, the first of 25 honorary degrees. In 1988 she shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with George Hitchings, for development of rational method for drug design and discoveries in the principles of chemotherapy, that would later lead to the development of the AIDS drug AZT. She was the first woman inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991, and also received the National Medal of Science, the United States' highest scientific honor.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude Belle Elion (23 Jan 1918–21 Feb 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 107577873, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.