History: Max Theiler, 1st in SA to receive Nobel Prize, is born

History: Max Theiler, 1st in SA to receive Nobel Prize, is born

On this day in 1899, Dr Max Theiler was born in Pretoria. He was a famous doctor who became the first person in South Africa to win a Nobel Prize.

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On this day, 121 years ago, Dr Max Theiler was born in South Africa. He became one of the most prominent figures in the field of medicine during his time.

Dr Theiler was the first South African to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He received the prize in 1951 after he headed the research team that produced the vaccination for yellow fever.

Theiler was born in Pretoria and went on to study medicine at the University of Cape Town Medical School from 1916 to 1918.

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Dr Theiler graduated at the London School of Medicine in 1922, South Africa History Online.

In 1930, Briefly.co.za learned he joined the Rockefeller Foundation - a company whose "mission, unchanged since 1913, is to improve the well-being of humanity around the world."

It was at the foundation where Theiler conducted an extensive research on yellow fever and other viral diseases.

In 1964, Dr Theiler retired from the foundation and took up a teaching job as a professor at Yale University. He passed away in 1972.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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