NOBEL PRIZE WINNER FOR DRUG TREATMENT WHO DEVELOPED TREATMENTS FOR AIDS AND ORGAN TRANSPLANTS
GERTRUDE B. ELION SIGNATURE, "Gertrude B. Elion", on 6 x 4 card on which is printed "NOBEL PRIZE PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 1988, For Discoveries Of Important Principles For Drug Treatment, Gertrude B. Elion", beneath which she has signed in black ink. Comes with a printed photo. In fine condition.
Gertrude Belle Elion (January 23, 1918 – February 21, 1999) was an American biochemist and pharmacologist, who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with George H. Hitchings and Sir James black. Working alone as well as with Hitchings and Black, Elion developed a multitude of new drugs, using innovative research methods that would later lead to the development of the AIDS drug AZT. From 1967 to 1983, she was the Head of the Department of Experimental Therapy for Burroughs Wellcome and officially retired in 1983. Despite her retirement, Elion continued working almost full-time at the lab, and oversaw the adaptation of azidothymidine (AZT), which became the first drug used for treatment of AIDS developed the first immunosuppressive drug, azathioprine, use for organ transplants.