Sarah Stewart (cancer researcher)
Sarah Stewart, MD PhD.
August 16, 1905|
Tecalitlán, Jalisco, Mexico
|Died||November 27, 1976
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
|Institutions||United States Public Health Service|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University School of Medicine|
|Known for||first describing the Polyomavirus|
Dr. Sarah Stewart (August 16, 1905-November 27, 1976) was a Mexican American researcher who pioneered the field of viral oncology research.
Early life and education
Sarah Elizabeth Stewart was born on August 16, 1905 in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, Mexico. She did her undergraduate work at the New Mexico State University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in 1927. She went on to earn a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1930 and a Ph.D in microbiology from the University of Chicago in 1939. In 1949, she became the first woman to be awarded an MD Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Stewart developed an interest in researching viral links to cancer in light of the pioneering research of Jonas Salk in developing a vaccine for the virus which caused polio. Stewart is credited with discovering the Polyomavirus in 1953. She and research partner, Dr. Bernice E. Eddy, were successful in growing the virus in 1958 and the SE (Stewart-Eddy) polyoma virus is named after them. Stewart was the first to successfully demonstrate that viruses causing cancer could be spread from animal to animal.
Death and afterward
- Cancer Research, Sarah Stewart, Obituary, Volume 37, 4675
- Biography from gwis.org
- Stanley, Autumn. Mothers and Daughters of Invention, Page 165. 1993, Rutgers University Press.
- Smith, J. Y. (1976-12-08). "Dr. Sarah Stewart, Cancer Researcher, Dies". The Washington Post. p. C15.
- "Sarah E. Stewart Papers 1927-1977". National Library of Medicine.