Bernardo Alberto Houssay, first Latin American to receive Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

First Latin American presented the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was in 1947

Bernardo Alberto Houssay of Argentina’s Instituto de Biologia y Medicina Experimental in Buenos Aires, was presented with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1947, this award was shared with two Americans, Gerty and Carl Cori.

Quote: “for his discovery of the part played by the hormone of the anterior pituitary lobe in the metabolism of sugar.”

Additional Information:

  • Bernardo Houssay: Biographical
    Bernardo Alberto Houssay was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 10, 1887, one of the eight children of Dr. Albert and Clara (née Laffont) Houssay, who had come to Argentina from France. His father was a barrister.
  • Bernardo Houssay: Facts
    For the body to obtain energy, it must be able to convert sugar. The hormone insulin, which is formed in the pancreas, plays an important role in this process.
  • Bernardo Houssay: Nobel Lecture
    The Role of the Hypophysis in Carbohydrate Metabolism and in Diabetes | The nutritive substances used in greatest quantities by mammals are carbohydrates. These are ingested with the food or produced by the liver, and after being converted into glucose they are utilized by all the cells of the organism, specially by the muscles, which constitute nearly half the mass of the body.
  • Bernardo Houssay: Banquet Speech
    Altezas Reales; Excelencias; Señoras y Señores: Mi más rendida gratitud porque Suecia honra hoy generosamente en mi persona a los que en la lejana América Latina están consagrados con fiel y abnegada devoción al cultivo de la investigación científica.
  • Bernardo Houssay: Nominations
    Nominated on 46 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Bernardo Houssay – Wikipedia
    Bernardo Alberto Houssay (April 10, 1887 – September 21, 1971) was an Argentine physiologist who, in 1947, received one half Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the role played by pituitary hormones in regulating the amount of blood sugar (glucose) in animals.
  • Bernardo Alberto Houssay – Scientist, Physiologist, Doctor – Biography …
    Bernardo Alberto Houssay was an Argentinian doctor whose research on the role of pituitary hormones regulating blood sugar won him a Nobel Prize.
  • Bernardo Alberto Houssay – Encyclopedia.com
    Houssay was one of the most prominent and influential Latin American scientists of the twentieth century. His total dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and his untiring efforts to foster scientific and technical training among his compatriots received worldwide recognition.
  • Bernardo Alberto Houssay | Argentine physiologist | Britannica.com
    Bernardo Alberto Houssay, (born April 10, 1887, Buenos Aires, Arg.—died Sept. 21, 1971, Buenos Aires), Argentine physiologist and corecipient, with Carl and Gerty Cori, of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
  • Bernardo Houssay – Biography, Facts and Pictures – Famous Scientists
    A 1947 Nobel Prize winner, Bernardo Alberto Houssay is known for his research on the role that pituitary hormones play in sugar metabolism. He was the first Latin American and Argentine to receive the Nobel Prize.
Date:
      1947
Name(s):
      Bernardo Alberto Houssay

Bernardo Alberto Houssay

About:

Born:
      April 10, 1887, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died:
      September 21, 1971, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spouse:
      Dr. Maria Angelica Catan (m. 1920–1962)
Parents:
      Albert Houssay, Clara Houssay


Additional Information: Gerty and Carl Cori, the other winners

  • Gerty Cori: Biographical
    Gerty Theresa Cori, née Radnitz, was born in Prague on August 15th, 1896. She received her primary education at home before entering a Lyceum for girls in 1906; she graduated in 1912 and studied for the University entrance examination, which she took and passed at the Tetschen Realgymnasium in 1914.
  • Gerty Cori: Facts
    Gerty Radnitz was born in Prague in what was then Austria-Hungary. She received her PhD in medicine from the German University of Prague’s Medical School in 1920 and married classmate Carl Cori later that same year.
  • Gerty Cori: Nobel Lecture – PDF
    Polysaccharide phosphorylase is characterized as an enzyme which can break or make an a-I-4-glucosidic bond at the termination (non-reducing end) of a glycogen or starch chain.
  • Gerty Cori: Nominations
    Nominated on 2 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Gerty Cori: Photo Gallery of
    5 Photos
  • Carl Cori: Biographical
    Carl Ferdinand Cori was born in Prague on December 5th, 1896. His father, Dr. Carl I. Cori, was Director of the Marine Biological Station in Trieste, and it was here that young Carl spent his childhood.
  • Carl Cori: Facts
    Carl Cori was born in Prague in what was then Austria-Hungary. He received his PhD in medicine from the German University of Prague’s Medical School in 1920 and married classmate Gerty Radnitz later that same year.
  • Carl Cori: Nobel Lecture
    Polysaccharide phosphorylase is characterized as an enzyme which can break or make an a-I-4-glucosidic bond at the termination (non-reducing end) of a glycogen or starch chain.
  • Carl Cori: Banquet Speech
    Your Royal Highnesses, your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. May I express my deep gratitude for the signal honor conferred upon me by the award of the Nobel Prize.
  • Carl Cori: Nominations
    Nominated on 5 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Carl Cori: Photo Gallery of
    4 Photos

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