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Mildred Cohn

Mildred Cohn

Biochemist Mildred Cohn used new technology to measure organic reactions in living cells.

Mildred Cohn, 1913 - 2009

Mildred Cohn's scientific career could perhaps be described as a series of silver linings. She displayed a tremendous intellectual talent in her early years—having completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Hunter College (then a women's school) before the age of 18, designing a model of a combustion engine by 21, and obtaining a PhD under legendary chemist and Nobel laureate Harold Urey by 24—that today would make her the pick of the scientific litter.

Mildred Cohn

A pioneer in using new technologies to measure organic reactions, Mildred Cohn has received many top awards in the fields of chemistry and biology. Early in her career, she surmounted prejudice against women and Jews.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Mildred Cohn." (Viewed on January 23, 2018) <>.


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