Stanley Cohen

(1922 - )

Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen was born November 17, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY and educated at Brooklyn College (BA 1943, chemistry and zoology), Oberlin College ( MA 1945, zoology), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1948, biochemistry).After six years of teaching experience in biochemistry at the University of Michigan and Colorado School of Medicine, he went to Washington University, St. Louis, first as a post-doctotral fellow with Martin Kamen and then as an Associate Professor, and began his research studies with Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, a neuro-embryologist, on cell growth factors. In 1959, he joined the faculty of the Biochemistry Department at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, engaged in teaching and research and rapidly advanced to the rank of professor. In 1986, the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt conferred on him the honor of Distinguished Professor. Stanley Cohen was the first ever to be so honored in the Medical School.

In addition to honorary degrees and special named prize award from Brandeis, Columbia, Chicago and Wisconsin Universities, Stanley Cohen has received the following high honors over the years: American Cancer Society Research Professor of Biochemistry (1976); National Medal of Science (1986); Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation ( 1986) Nobel Prize in Medicine (1986).

Dr. Cohen's lifetime research and discoveries have centered on cell growth and have lead to better treatments for burn victims, cancer patients and others who have benefitted from improved cell repair. After receiving the Nobel Prize in 1986, he remained at Vanderbilt working in his lab and with graduate students until his retirement in January 2000.

The Eskind Library also has a collection of Dr. Cohen's personal papers. For more information, please consult the Inventory of the Stanley Cohen Papers.