Earl W. Sutherland Biographical File

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Earl W. Sutherland Biographical File
Date [inclusive]
1969 - 1986
0.0 Cubic feet
newspaper clippings, memorabilia, reprints, articles, letters, and photographs

Preferred Citation

Sutherland, Earl W. (1915-1974). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Earl Wilbur Sutherland, biochemist, and first Vanderbilt University faculty member to be awarded a Nobel Prize, was born in Burlingame, Kansas November 19, 1915. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1937 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and earned his M.D.in 1942 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After serving World War II in the medical corps, he returned to Washington University as a researcher in the pharmacology laboratory of Nobel laureate Carl Ferdinand Cori. In 1953, he became director of the department of pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University, where he discovered the role of cyclic AMP in mediating the action of certain hormones. In 1963, desiring to limit his duties to research, Sutherland moved to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, where he was served on the faculty as professor of physiology until his departure in1973 to the University of Miami Medical School where he served as distinguished professor of biochemistry. In addition to the receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1971, Sutherland won the Albert Lasker Award for basic medical research in 1970, as well as the National Medal of Science in 1973. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1966. He died on March 9, 1974 in Miami.

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Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Vanderbilt History
  • VUMC History

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