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Research on antibiotics receives historical recognition

Selman Waksman was born in Russia in 1888. He immigrated to the United States in 1910 and entered Rutgers University a few years later. After completing graduate work at the University of California, Waksman joined the Rutgers faculty in 1918. Even as an undergraduate student, Waksman studied actinomycetes in the soil, but it was not until late 1930s that he turned his attention to the searching for microbes that attacked other microbes.

Waksman received the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 1952 for "ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes" that led to the discovery of streptomycin. He died in 1973.


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