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Elion, Gertrudelocked

(23 January 1918–21 February 1999)
  • Judith B. Gerber

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Elion, Gertrude (23 January 1918–21 February 1999), biochemist, was born Gertrude Belle Elion in New York City, the daughter of Robert Elion, a dentist, and Bertha Cohen Elion. Both of her parents were immigrants: her father had emigrated to the United States from Lithuania at the age of twelve and her mother from Poland at the age of fourteen. Until the time she was seven years old, the Elion family lived in a large apartment adjoining her father's dental office in Manhattan....

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