On This Day
22 July 1888 American biochemist and microbiologist Selman Abraham Waksman was born in Priluka, Ukraine, Russian Empire. He was one of the world’s foremost authorities on soil microbiology. After the discovery of penicillin, he played a major role in initiating a calculated, systematic search for antibiotics among microbes. His screening methods and consequent codiscovery of the antibiotic streptomycin, the first specific agent effective in the treatment of tuberculosis, brought him the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He died on August 16, 1973, Hyannis, Massachusetts. More biographical information here

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