Max Theiler, first African to receive Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

First African presented the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was in 1951

Max Theiler (born in South Africa), a physician, was presented with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951.

Quote: “for his discoveries concerning yellow fever and how to combat it.”

Additional Information:

  • Max Theiler: Biographical
    Max Theiler was born on January 30, 1899, in Pretoria, South Africa, one of the four children of Sir Arnold and Emma (née Jegge) Theiler. His father was a well-known veterinary scientist.
  • Max Theiler: Facts
    Yellow fever is a disease that used to be fairly common and claimed many lives in the tropics.
  • Max Theiler: Nobel Lecture
    The Development of Vaccines against Yellow Fever | The study of yellow fever may be divided into two periods. The first one occurred at the turn of the century when Walter Reed and his co-workers showed by the use of human volunteers that the causative agent of this disease was a filterable virus and that it was transmitted by the bite of the common urban mosquito, subsequently named Aedes aegypti.
  • Max Theiler: Banquet Speech
    Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen. To have been considered worthy of receiving the Nobel Prize – the highest honor that any scientist can receive – gives me a feeling of great personal satisfaction. Such tangible evidence that my work has been considered of benefit to mankind is indeed very gratifying.
  • Max Theiler: Nominations
    Nominated on 4 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Max Theiler – Wikipedia
    Max Theiler (30 January 1899 – 11 August 1972) was a South African-American virologist and doctor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever in 1937, becoming the first African-born Nobel laureate.
  • Yellow fever and Max Theiler: the only Nobel Prize for a virus vaccine
    In 1951, Max Theiler of the Rockefeller Foundation received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of an effective vaccine against yellow fever—a discovery first reported in the JEM 70 years ago.
  • Max Theiler facts, information, pictures |
    Max Theiler (pronounced Tyler) was a leading scientist in the development of the yellow-fever vaccine . His early research proved that yellow-fever virus could be transmitted to mice.
  • Max Theiler | American microbiologist |
    Max Theiler, (born January 30, 1899, Pretoria, South Africa—died August 11, 1972, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.), South African-born American microbiologist who won the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his development of a vaccine against yellow fever.
  • Theiler, Max – Science Heroes
    Sometimes a little frustration is a good thing. Theiler (pronounced Tyler) began his career with an earnest desire to see more being done. He felt there was a lack of cures for many serious illnesses and that many existing treatments were simply ineffective.
  • Max Theiler Biography – Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline
    Max Theiler was a South African-American virologist who developed a vaccine against yellow fever. This biography of Max Theiler provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
  • Developing a Novel Vaccine Against Yellow … – Hospital Centennial
    By 1930, the year that Max Theiler (1899-1972) arrived at the Rockefeller Foundation’s International Health Division laboratories on the Rockefeller Institute campus, yellow fever was known to be a viral disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
      Max Theiler

Max Theiler


      January 30, 1899, Pretoria, South Africa
      August 11, 1972, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
      Pretoria Boys High School,
      King’s College London,
      University of Cape Town

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