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Selman A. Waksman

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"

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Streptomycin (1948) by British Pathé. Streptomycin being manufactured in Greenford, Middlesex / Greater London. Published on Aug 27, 2014. 1:36.

Compost Farming Tellus Volume 2 - Words by prof. Selman A. Waksman, Hestel Tellus, Mar 5, 2013. 6:03

Discovering Albert, Carl Sigmond. In 1943, Albert Schatz discovered streptomycin, the first effective cure for tuberculosis, while doing graduate research at Rutgers University. His discovery saved millions of lives and resulted in the closure of tuberculosis sanitariums around the world. His research advisor, Selman A. Waksman, stole the credit for the discovery and won the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This film, told through the eyes of Albert's grandson, Carl, traces the effect this discovery and the loss of credit had on his family. Published on Jun 6, 2012. 10:40.

Selman A. Waksman

Waksman
Drawing: Newton Llorente

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
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Albert Schatz, co-discoverer of streptomycin
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