About Gerty Theresa Cori (Radnitz), Nobel Laureate, 1947
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. She entered the Medical School of the German University of Prague and received the Doctorate in Medicine in 1920. She then spent two years at the Carolinen Children's Hospital before emigrating to America with her husband, Carl, whom she married in 1920. They worked together in Buffalo and when he moved to St. Louis, she joined him as Research Associate. Gerty Cori was made Professor of Biochemistry in 1947.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1947 Carl Cori, Gerty Cori, Bernardo Houssay
As the first American woman and the third worldwide to win the Nobel Prize, Gerty Theresa Cori has been widely lauded. Her achievement is all the more remarkable given that for more than half of her career, she was marginalized in non-tenure track research positions at token salaries. Despite rampant gender discrimination and nepotism rules, she never stopped pursuing her lifelong interest in medical research. Brilliant and quick-witted, Cori was a superb experimentalist as well as a perfectionist.