The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1952
Ukrainian-born American Microbiologist, Biochemist. Isolated several antibiotics including Streptomycin for Tuberculosis and Neomycin. Proceeds earned from patents funded Waksman Institute of Microbiology and Waksman Foundation for Microbiology.
"The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. Ecclesiasticus, XXXVIII , 4"
Guide to the Selman A. Waksman Papers, 1916-1977. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Name: Selman Abraham Waksman
Birth: 22 July 1888, Priluka (now Nova Pryluka), Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Death: 16 August 1973, Hyannis, MA, USA
Affiliation at the time of the award: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Prize motivation: "for his discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis"
Field: anti-bacterial agents, bacteriology
Prize share: 1/1
Albert Schatz, co-discoverer of streptomycin