Rosalyn Yalow

National Portrait Gallery

Rosalyn Yalow

Artist
Arthur Leipzig, 25 Oct 1918 - 5 Dec 2014
Sitter
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, 19 Jul 1921 - 30 May 2011
Exhibition Label
When physicist Rosalyn Yalow took a job in 1947 at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital to explore the potential of radioisotopes in diagnosing and treating illnesses, her first lab was a converted janitor’s closet, and she had to improvise some of her equipment. From that unpromising beginning came pathbreaking results. By the early 1950s, she was working in partnership with Dr. Solomon Berson, and out of their investigations came RIA (radioimmunoassay), a procedure that proved invaluable in diagnosing and determining treatment for a wide range of diseases. In recognition of that achievement, Yalow became the first woman to win the prestigious Albert Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research in 1976, and a year later she was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.
Yalow’s portrait was part of series of images by photographer Arthur Leipzig depicting Jewish women—both famous and anonymous—from around the world.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
1987
Object number
NPG.99.51
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of Arthur Leipzig
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 22.1 x 33 cm (8 11/16 x 13")
Sheet: 27.8 x 34.8 cm (10 15/16 x 13 11/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Interior\Laboratory
Equipment\Laboratory Equipment
Equipment\Laboratory Equipment\Lab Coat
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow: Female
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow: Education\Educator\Professor
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow: Science and Technology\Scientist\Physicist
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow: Nobel Prize
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.99.51
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm415091333-82e9-42f4-ab5e-eec24704effe

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