Yellapragada SubbaRow, India
born biochemist turned wizard of wonder drugs,
made it possible for millions
to live longer a more satisfying life because
of the folic acid vitamin, the tetracycline antibiotics,
an anti‑filarial and anti‑cancer
drugs he developed between
1940 and 1948 as research director
of Lederle Laboratories in USA.
was a brahmin boy
who sought his prime motive in religion but found
it in science. His quest
for life‑saving drugs took him to Harvard.
There the quest was interrupted
by basic research into the mystery how life is
fuelled by biochemical energy.
His quest was resumed
and fulfilled in the
On his death, The
New York Herald‑Tribune hailed him
as "one of the most eminent medical minds
of the century". The Jewish Advocate
remembered him as "a giant among pygmies".
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