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George Hitchings, Ph.D.

George Hitchings earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1927, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1933. He spent a number of years at Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve), and in 1942 he joined Wellcome Research Laboratories in Tuckahoe, New York. There, he and his colleagues discovered pyrimethamine (antimalarial), 6-mercaptopurine and thioguanine (anti-leukemic), and trimethoprim (antibacterial). In 1988, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Gertrude Elion (also a member of the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame) and James Black.

Adapted from Hitchings' Nobel Prize biography

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