Andrew Schally

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Andrew Schally
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Born Andrzej Viktor Schally
(1926-11-30) 30 November 1926 (age 90)
Wilno, Poland
Nationality Polish-Jewish[1][2]
Canadian, American[3]
Education McGill University
Medical career
Profession Medicine
Institutions
Specialism Endocrinology
Notable prizes

Andrzej Viktor "Andrew" Schally (born November 30, 1926) is an American endocrinologist[4] of Polish-Jewish descent[5][1][2], who was a corecipient with Roger Guillemin and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine[6].

Life and career[edit]

Schally was born in Wilno, Second Polish Republic[7] (since 1945 Vilnius, Lithuania), as the son of Gen. Brigadier Kazimierz Schally,[1][2] who was Chief of the Cabinet of President Ignacy Mościcki of Poland, and Maria (Łącka).

In September 1939, when Poland was attacked by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Schally escaped with the Poland's President Ignacy Mościcki, Prime Minister and the whole cabinet to then neutral Romania, where they were interned.

I was fortunate to survive the holocaust while living among the Jewish-Polish Community in Roumania. I used to speak Polish, Roumanian, Yiddish, Italian and some German and Russian, but I have almost completely forgotten them, and my French in which I used to excel is also now far from fluent.[1][2][7]

Immediately after the war, in 1945, he moved via Italy and France to the United Kingdom. Schally received his education in Scotland and England. In 1952, he moved to Canada. He received his doctorate in endocrinology from McGill University in 1957. That same year he left for a research career in the United States where he has worked principally at Tulane University. Schally currently conducts research in Endocrinology at the Miami Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Miami, Fl. A Canadian citizen when he left Canada, Schally became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1962. He was affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine for some years in Houston, Texas.[7]

He developed a new realm of knowledge concerning the brain's control over the body chemistry. His works also addressed birth control methods and growth hormones. Together with Roger Guillemin he described the neurohormone GnRH that controls FSH and LH.

Schally received an honoris causa Doctors degree from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Recognized as a Fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry.[8]

He was married to Margaret Rachel White (divorced), and Ana Maria de Medeiros-Comaru.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Judah Gribetz (1993). The Timetables of Jewish History. Simon and Schuster. p. 634. ISBN 978-0671640071. 
  2. ^ a b c d Frank Heynick (2002). Jews and Medicine. KTAV. p. 574. ISBN 978-0881257731. 
  3. ^ Bernard S. Schlessinger, June H. Schlessinger. The who's who of Nobel Prize winners, 1901-1995. Onyx Press. 1996. p. 372.
  4. ^ Andrew V. Schally, "Andrew V. Schally", Encyclopædia Britannica.
  5. ^ Andrzej Wiktor Schally, "Andrew Schally (1926 - )", The Jewish Virtual Library.
  6. ^ The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1977, "Andrew V. Schally - Biographical", Nobelprize.org.
  7. ^ a b c Andrew Schally: Autobiography
  8. ^ https://www.thekf.org/kf/programs/eminentscientists/
  9. ^ http://www.faqs.org/health/bios/19/Andrew-V-Schally.html