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Ruby Hirose

Subject: Hirose, Ruby

       William S. Merrell Laboratories

       American Chemical Society


Type: Black-and-White Prints


Topic: Biochemistry


     Women scientists


Local number: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA-SIA2008-3224]


Summary: Biochemist and bacteriologist Ruby Hirose researched serums and antitoxins at the William S. Merrell Laboratories. In 1940, Hirose was among ten women recognized by the American Chemical Society for accomplishments in chemistry, and later made major contributions to the development of vaccines against infantile paralysis. The original caption to this photograph read: "A hay fever sufferer herself, Dr. R. Hirose, American-born Japanese girl scientist on the research staff of the Wm. S. Merrell biological laboratories, has found a way to improve the pollen extracts used to desensitize hay fever sufferers. ... The idea of treating the pollen with alum to increase its effectiveness developed while Dr. Hirose was working on alum-precipitated toxoid for protection against diphtheria.


Cite as: Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives


Persistent URL:Link to data base record


Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives


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Taken on January 25, 2011