Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

How would you feel if you wanted to be a doctor and someone told you that you could not go to medical school because you were Jewish and a girl???? Rosalyn Sussman Yalow wanted to go to medical school but she was Jewish and a girl but that didnít stop her from doing something very important. Rosalyn Yalow had two children named Benjamin and Elanna. Her father and mother, Simon and Clara, never went to high school but they wanted Rosalyn and her brother Alexander to graduate from college.

Rosalyn was born on July 19, 1921 in Bronx, New York. She was a stubborn and determined child. Rosalyn was inspired by reading the biography of Madame Curie, the first woman scientist to receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine. She thinks any young woman who wants to be a scientist should read it. Rosalyn graduated with honors in physics and chemistry from Hunter College in New York. After graduation, she took a job as a secretary to a Columbia University professor, hoping that she would be able to take courses at Columbia. It didnít work out the way she wanted so she was happy to get a job teaching physics at the University of Illinois where she met her husband. In 1943 she got married to A. Aaron Yalow, she was very happy about it. They eventually moved back to New York and from 1946 to the 1950, she taught physics at Hunter College.

In 1947 she also became a consultant in nuclear physics at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Bronx. And in 1950 she left Hunter College and became an assistant head of the radioisotope service at the hospital.

In 1977 she won the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Rosalyn Yalow and her partner were responsible for a procedure that enable todayís doctors to diagnose hormonal excesses or deficiencies and the diseases that are associated with them.

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By Megan and Andres, fourth grade, 2009

Last modified 03/26/2009