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Selman Waksman

Remembered for finding Streptomycin (that was used to remedy tuberculosis) and a lot more than 20 other effective antibiotics, this microbiologist and biochemist was the 1952 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He trained at Rutgers School for near forty years. After gaining bachelor’s and master’s levels in agriculture from Rutgers School, he received a PhD in biochemistry in the School of California, Berkeley. Using the amount of money gained from his antibiotics patents, he set up the Waksman Base for Microbiology. Blessed in the Ukraine to a Jewish family members, he relocated to america in his early adulthood years. His relationship to Deborah Mitnik led to one kid, Multiple Sclerosis researcher Byron Waksman. He and fellow Nobel Prize-winning scientist Alexander Fleming both uncovered effective antibiotics (Fleming was mixed up in breakthrough of penicillin).

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