Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

American medical physicist (1921-2011)

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (July 19, 1921 – May 30, 2011) was an American medical physicist, and a co-winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (together with Roger Guillemin and Andrew Schally) for development of the radioimmunoassay technique. She was the second woman (after Gerty Cori), and the first American-born woman, to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Rosalyn Yalow (1977)

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  • We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed.
    • From a speech given by Rosalyn Yalow to students in Stockholm, Sweden, October 1977 as quoted in The Decade of Women (1980) by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons
  • Initially, new ideas are rejected. Later they become dogma, if you’re right. And if you’re really lucky you can publish your rejections as part of your Nobel presentation.
    • From a speech given by Rosalyn Yalow to a group of school children approximately five years after being awarded the Nobel Prize, as quoted by the New York Times, June 2, 2011.
  • We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and want to belong exclusively in the home.
    • Quoted in: Kabir, Hajara Muhammad,. Northern women development. p. 196. [Nigeria]. ISBN 978-978-906-469-4. OCLC 890820657.

Quotes about Rosalyn Yalow edit

  • We were witnessing the birth of a new era in endocrinology, one that started with Yalow.

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