Alick Isaacs FRS (17 July 1921 – 26 January 1967) was a British virologist. Isaacs and Jean Lindenmann, a Swiss virologist, are best remembered as the co-discoverers of interferon in 1957. He served as the Head of the Laboratory for Research on Interferon, National Institute for Medical Research, 1964–7. Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou worked as an early career researcher in his laboratory. A collection of his laboratory notes is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Isaacs was born to Jewish parents in Glasgow. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Glasgow in 1954 and was awarded honours and the Bellahouston Gold Medal for his research on the influenza virus.
Awards and honours
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1966, shortly before his death.
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- ^ Bruce, Duncan A. The mark of the Scots: their astonishing contributions to history, science, democracy, literature, and the arts, p. 214. Citadel Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8065-2060-4. Accessed 31 August 2011. "In 1957 Alick Isaacs, born in Glasgow to Jewish parents, discovered and named interferon, an entirely new defense mechanism against viruses."