Nobel Prizes: Tales Of Patience and Triumph

This year age received its deserts, and the chilled champagne was readily at hand


"We are still harvesting the fruits of what they determined almost 40 years ago." So said a Nobel official in Stockholm last week of the two Americans who won the prize for medicine for their pioneering work in drug therapy. It was an uncommon break with tradition: the Nobel committee recognized researchers in the commercial drug industry. Winners Gertrude Elion, 70, and George Hitchings, 83, are both affiliated with Burroughs Wellcome in North Carolina, and Sir James Black, 64, is now at King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry.

In the 1940s, Elion and Hitchings, who have worked together since...

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