Thursday, January 17, 2013
Selman Waksman and streptomycin
This is actually of considerable significance because they are also not susceptible to beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillin. The first antibiotic to be effective against tuberculosis, streptomycin, was discovered in 1943 by Selman Waksman a Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist. A professor of biochemistry and microbiology at Rutgers University for four decades, he discovered over twenty antibiotics and, in fact, coined the word antiobiotic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in in 1952.