October 15, 2013 AT 8:00 pm

Marguerite Vogt #ALD13 @findingada


We mentioned her sister Marthe in Time Travel Tuesday, but Marguerite Vogt deserves her own attention as well! Though four students under her tutelage and her long time partner Renato Dulbecco went on to win Nobel Prizes, she was never formally recognized for her huge volume of work in virus and cancer research. She was the first to successfully cultivate a polio virus in vitro, a necessary step to the development of a vaccine. Her work fundamentally changed how cancer and viruses are studied. However, when asked if she resented not getting the recognition she deserved by the New York Times in 2001, she merely replied, “I’m happy not to have been bothered. When you get too famous, you stop being able to work.”


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