Roger Guillemin

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Roger Guillemin

Roger Charles Louis Guillemin (11 January 1924 – 21 February 2024) was a French-American neuroscientist who received the National Medal of Science in 1976, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1977 for his work on neurohormones. He was born in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France.

Guillemin turned 100 on January 11, 2024,[1] and died in San Diego, California the following month, on February 21.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Completing his undergraduate work at the University of Burgundy, Guillemin received his M.D. degree from the Medical Faculty at Lyon in 1949, and went to Montréal, Québec, Canada to work with Hans Selye at the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the Université de Montréal where he received a Ph.D. in 1953. The same year he moved to the United States to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine at Houston. In 1965, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1970 he started a laboratory, San Diego where he worked for neuro-endocrinology until retirement in 1989.

Guillemin and Andrew V. Schally discovered the structures of TRH and GnRH in separate laboratories.

Books[change | change source]

  • Nicholas Wade (1981). The Nobel Duel, Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, NY.
  • Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar (1979). Laboratory Life, Sage, Los Angeles, USA.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Salk Distinguished Professor Emeritus Roger Guillemin, Nobel Prize laureate, celebrates 100th birthday". Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Retrieved 2024-01-11.
  2. Roger Guillemin, 100, Nobel-Winning Scientist Stirred by Rivalries, Dies (subscription required)

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