|Born||November 16, 1926
New York, New York
|Died||August 8, 2009 (aged 82)
|Institutions||Michigan State University|
Rosenberg graduated from Brooklyn College in 1948 and obtained his PhD in Physics at New York University (NYU) in 1956. He joined Michigan State University as a professor of biophysics in 1961 and worked there until 1997.
In 1965, Rosenberg and his colleagues proved that certain platinum-containing compounds inhibited cell division and then in 1969 showed that they cured solid tumors. The chemotherapy drug that eventually resulted from this work, cisplatin, obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1978 and went on to become a widely used anti-cancer drug. The initial discovery was quite serendipitous. Rosenberg was looking into the effects of an electric field on the growth of bacteria. He noticed that bacteria ceased to divide when placed in an electric field and eventually pinned down the cause of this phenomenon to the platinum electrode he was using.
- Rosenberg, B.; Van Camp, L.; Krigas, T. (1965). "Inhibition of Cell Division in Escherichia coli by Electrolysis Products from a Platinum Electrode". Nature. 205 (4972): 698–9. doi:10.1038/205698a0. PMID 14287410.
- Petsko, G. A. (2002). "A christmas carol". Genome Biology. 3 (1): COMMENT1001. doi:10.1186/gb-2001-3-1-comment1001. PMC . PMID 11806819.
- "Chemical Pioneer Award". American Institute of Chemists. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
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