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388: Gerty Cori


Born: 15 August 1896, Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Present-day Czech Republic)

Died: 26 October 1957, Glendale, Missouri, United States of America

Gerty received her Doctor of Medicine in 1920.

She became a professor of biochemistry in 1947.

Gerty and her husband worked as a research team. They extensively studied hormones and the work of sugars and fats in the body.

Her husband became a member while alive and she was made a member after her death of the following: the American Society of Biological Chemists, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society, and the American Philosophical Society.

They earned numerous awards and Gerty received honorary doctorates from five universities.

She and her husband became naturalized United States citizens in 1928.

Gerty and Carl received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1947. The Prize citation reads, "for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen."

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