Carl Djerassi - German-born, American chemist who credits himself as the inventor of the birth control pill. Djessaris work was important. However, it was Gregory Pincuss work which lead to the introduction of THE PILL. (THE PILL first hit the market in the early 1960s.) Djessari did important work in steroid research and is also a quite good novelist.
Casimir Funk - 1884-1967, American biochemist; b. Warsaw, Poland; came to U.S., 1915. Credited with discovering VITAMINS, he stirred public interest with his 1912 paper on vitamin-deficiency diseases. He coined the term vitamine and later posited the existence of four such materials (B1, B2, C, and D). He contributed to knowledge of the hormones of the pituitary and sex glands and stressed the importance of balance between hormones and vitamins.
geneticist (JYB 1977 p207)
Forensic pathologist. He is coroner of Allegheny County, Pennslyvania (Pittsburgh area). Wecht is one of the best known pathologist/coroners in the country. He frequently testifies at high profile trials and has written several books about famous cases or controversies. He also has a law degree.
breast cancer researcher
American. Nobel Prize l978. Discoveries related to enzymes and molecular genetics.
Virologist and researcher who was head of the NY State Department of Health, 1979-91. The son of a rabbi, he first came to public notice by calling public attention to the problems of toxic waste in the Love Canal neighborhood. Later his office became a model for compassionate and competent handling of public health matters such as the AIDS crisis.
American. Nobel Prize l975 for discoveries related to tumor viruses and genetic materials of cells.
United States Army Surgeon before the Civil War. South Carolina born, he followed his State and became Surgeon General of the Confederacy. (Perhaps he should have issued a surgeon generals warning that supporting slavery can be destructive to your region and your soul.)
2002 (JYB 2005 p214)
Leon Pinsker was a physician, a Zionist pioneer and activist, and the founder and leader of the Hovevei Zion, also known as Hibbat Zion (Hebrew: חיבת ציון, Lovers of Zion) movement.
pediatric surgeon, separation of conjoined twins (1968)
ubiquitin system; Lasker Award (2000), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2004)
The most important reformer in the history of American medicine. In the early 1900s, he spent two years examining over 150 institutions for the training of physicians and didnt like what he saw. Around 1910, He issued the "Flexner Report" which indicted medical education as poorly supervised, poorly taught, without a standard curriculum, etc. As a result of his work, medical education throughout the USA was completely revised, leading to the modern medical school as we know it. He also convinced Dept. Store magnate Louis Bamberger to provide the endowment for the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton (later the home of Albert Einstein).
neuropsychiatrist, Recovery International founder
Jewogle saw a mention of this physician and he is worthy of note even if he is not famous for his medical work. Last year he became the first Ethopian immigrant to Israel to obtain his medical degree.
structure of ribosome. She received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009)
pediatrician, diphtheria researcher
physician, discovered the cause of gonorrhea (Jewish father)