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Gertrude Elion on her Mother

Gertrude Elion discusses her successes and the reaction her mother might have had.
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"Oh, I wish my mother had lived to see it all. I think she had so much faith in me at a time when nobody else seemed to. And that it would have been a nice reward for her, to see that I really did finally accomplish something. But I think she would have been happy to know that, um, the kinds of work that I did, and the kinds of diseases that we worked with were something important. It was something she herself would have loved to have done, in the sense that she wanted a career. She never had the education or the opportunity to have one. But she desperately wanted me to have one. And I think she would have been happy."

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrude Elion on her Mother." (Viewed on January 16, 2018) <>.


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