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Ilya Mechnikov Ph.D.

Ilya Mechnikov Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1908
Nobel Co-recipient Paul Ehrlich

Ukrainian Zoologist. Theory of cellular immunity. Father of Natural immunity. Research: Comparative embryology, Phagocytosis, Anthrax, Rabies.

Weak eyesight, heart troubles, difficulties in University lead to pessimism. Twice attempted suicide. Discovery of phagocytosis completely changed his outlook on life; abandoned his pessimistic philosophy and determined to find further proof of hypothesis.

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Life of Elie Mechnikoff by Olga Mechnikoff, Project Guenberg.

Life of Elie Mechnikoff by Olga Mechnikoff, Internet Archives.

Elie Mechnikoff: Father of Natural Immunity by Siamon Gordon, Eur. J. Immunol. 2008. 38: 3257-3264.

Elie Mechnikoff: Father of Natural Immunity by Siamon Gordon, Eur. J. Immunol. 2008. 38: 3257-3264.

Title The Nature of Man: Studies in Optimistic Philosophy
Author: Elie Mechnikoff
Editor: Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell
Publisher: Putnam's, 1905
Length: 309 pages

The Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif , Summary.

Ilya Mechnikov: His Life and Work
Author: Semyon Zalkind
Edition: illustrated
Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc., 2001
ISBN: 0898756227, 9780898756227
Length: 212 pages
Subjects: Biography & Autobiography Science & Technology
Summary: He began his career with studies of the process of intracellular digestion in invertebrates. Later he established the destructive effect of certain white blood cells which he called phagocytes, on harmful materials in the bloodstream. In 1884 Mechnikov announced a theory of phagocytosis, which formed a basis for the theory of immunity. He also advocated consumption of lactic acid bacteria for the prevention and remedy of intestinal putrefaction.

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Mechnikov
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Name: Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov
Birth: 16 May 1845, Kharkov (now Kharkiv), Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Death: 16 July 1916, Paris, France
Residence when prize awarded: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Award: "in recognition of their work on immunity"
Field: Immunity
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