This Week in History


Virginia Holocaust Museum unveiled plaque honoring Dr. Gertrude Elion

May 28, 2012

The Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA, celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month by unveiling a Jewish-American Hall of Fame plaque honoring Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Dr. Gertrude Elion.

Elion developed the first chemotherapy for childhood leukemia, the immunosuppressant that made organ transplantation possible, the first effective anti-viral medication, and treatments for lupus, hepatitis, arthritis, gout, and other diseases. Elion joined an impressive list of American Jewish female Nobel Prize winners in science that also includes American-born Rosalyn Yalow (1977) and Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori (1947), as well as Rita Levi-Montalcini (1986), and Ada Yonath (2009), who were born and educated abroad.

To learn more about Gertrude Elion, visit Women of Valor and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

On the blog: Gertrude Elion inducted into Jewish-American Hall of Fame; Gertrude Elion, in a Class of Her Own; Jewish Women and the Nobel Prize.

See also: This Week in History for October 17, 1988, Gertude Elion wins Nobel Prize; Gertrude Elion Poster.

Sources: Jewish American Heritage Month Calendar of Events

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