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Waksman, Selman Abraham

Born: 1888 AD
Died: 1973 AD
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1888 – He was born 22nd of July at Priluka, Ukraine.


1911 – In the autumn he entered Rutgers College, having won a State Scholarship.


1915 – He received his degree in Agriculture from Rutgers.


       – He was appointed research assistant in soil bacteriology under Dr. J. G. Lipman at the

          New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.


1916 – He obtained his M.Sc. degree at Rutgers College.


1918 – He was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry.


1925 – He received an appointment as microbiologist at the Experiment Station and as Lecturer in Soil  

          Microbiology at the Rutgers University.


        – He was appointed Associate Professor Rutgers University.


1931 – He was invited to organize a division of Marine Bacteriology at the Woods Hole 

          Oceanographic Institution.


1940 – He has isolated, together with his students and associates, a number of new antibiotics,

           including actinomycin.


1949 – He was appointed Director of the Institute of Microbiology.


1951 – Created the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology which located at the Bush campus of

           Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.


1952 – Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of "streptomycin", the first antibiotic effective

           against tuberculosis.


        – He was voted as one of the most outstanding 100 people in the world ( Little, Brown & Co.).


1973 – Died at the age of 85.