Indian Scientist Revolutionised the Field of Medicine But Was Forgotten by History Books

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7 Oct 2016 - General

Dr. Yellapragada Subbarao, a scientist who revolutionised the field of medicine, somehow seems to have been left out.

Dr Subbarao was born in Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh in the year 1895. After completing his matriculation, he managed to get himself enrolled in Madras Medical College. He sailed for the US In 1922, and took admission in the Harvard School of Tropical Medicine. After completing his studies, he joined Harvard as a Junior Faculty member. He left the this job in 1940 and took up a position with Lederle Laboratories(A division of Pfizer).

His discoceries as follows...

1. Discovery of the Fiske-Subbarao method, which helped estimate the amount of phosphorous in body fluids and tissues.
2. Discovery of ATP molecule functional.
3. Discovery of Auromycin antibiotic.
4. Associated In the discovery of Methotrexate.
5. Discovery of Tetracyclin under his leadership.
6. Discovery of Isoniazid.
5. Introduced Hetrazen, a drug used to treat fibrosis in animals

He also spearheaded US medical research during World War II.

Despite such an amazing track record, Subbarao was relatively hidden from the media eye. He didn’t win the Nobel Prize or even an equivalent, and often took the backseat in terms of recognition. Often, when he his research was being published in front of an audience, he would have to be pushed by his colleagues to go on stage and take a bow.

George Hitchings won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Gertrude Elion, in 1988, he stated that some of the works initiated by Subbarao had to be rediscovered for the simple reason that his partner Fiske did not allow his contributions earn name and fame, probably out of jealousy. American Cyanamid honored Subbarao by naming a new fungus under his name "Subbaromyces splendens".

Subbarao succumbed to cardiac arrest on the August 9, 1948. He was just 53 years of age.