Women In STEAM Fields

Gertrude B. Elion


Biochemist and Pharmacologist who won the Novel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for her contributions to drug discovery. Working alone, as well as with George Hitchings and Sir James Black, she developed a multitude of new drugs, using innovative research methods that would later lead to the development of the AIDS drug AZT. She developed the first immunosuppressive drug used for organ transplants. She also developed the first successful antiviral drug for the treatment of herpes. More…