Gertrude Belle Elion

Gertrude Belle Elion


Working in the lab

My scientist Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999) – Biochemist.

Gertrude Elion was a diligent working student. She loved all of her classes in school and graduated at the age of 15. At this time Gertrude’s grandfather passed away from stomach cancer, helping her to start to pursue science. Elion is the winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine and the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees. While life may not have always been easy Elion pushed through it and was successful in many areas. She helped create a cure for childhood leukemia, made organ transplantation a possibility, and discovered treatments for many diseases such as gout.

Elion was inspired by her grandfather and by Marie Curie. Elion had looked for many jobs and never found anything stable until she met George Hitchings who had an interest in people who had a passion for science, love for knowledge, and set apart from the crowd. He gave her a chance to be a scientist and succeed in her occupation. Gertrude Elion’s chance to be a scientist has given many others a chance at life.

I believe that Gertrude Elion would be a good role model because she was a woman who thought more of others than she did of herself. She enjoyed teaching young scientist and watching them grow. Her compassion towards her students and desire for them to succeed shows that she didn’t mind setting a good example.  Her discoveries were always benefitting others and while she may have had a personal connection from her grandfathers death, Elion always expressed that the overall achievements of the company came before her own goals.


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