Waksman, Selman (Abraham)

Waksman, Selman (Abraham)
born July 22, 1888, Priluka, Ukraine, Russian Empire
died Aug. 16, 1973, Hyannis, Mass., U.S.

Ukrainian-born U.S. biochemist.

He became a U.S. citizen in 1916 and spent most of his career at Rutgers University. After the discovery of penicillin, he played a major role in initiating a calculated, systematic search for antibiotics (a term he coined in 1941) among microorganisms. His 1943 discovery of streptomycin, the first specific agent effective in the treatment of tuberculosis, brought him a 1952 Nobel Prize. Waksman also isolated and developed several other antibiotics, including neomycin, that have been used in treating many infectious diseases of humans, domestic animals, and plants.

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