Frieda Robscheit-Robbins

Full name Aliases
Frieda S. Robscheit-Robbins None
Birth date Birth place
June 8, 1888 Germany
Date of death Place of death
December 18, 1973 Tucson, Arizona
Known for
Groundbreaking medical research

Dr. Frieda S. Robscheit-Robbins was a pathologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who worked closely with Dr. George Whipple on research into the use of liver tissue in treatment of pernicious anaemia. They became partners in 1917 when Whipple was at the University of California. When he was appointed dean of the new University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1921, Dr. Robscheit-Robbins followed him to Rochester, personally transporting some forty test dogs via train by herself.

Between 1925 and 1930 Whipple and Robscheit-Robbins co-authored over twenty-one papers. In recognition of his work, Dr. Whipple received the 1934 Nobel Prize, which he shared with the two physicians (Drs. George Richards Minot and William Parry Murphy) who translated his findings into successful treatment. Dr. Whipple always felt that Dr. Robscheit-Robbins's exclusion from the Nobel was unjust, however, and shared the prize money with her.

Robscheit-Robbins was named one of the fifty most important women in science by Discover magazine in 2002. It was noted that her contributions "deserve greater notice."


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