The New York Times reports the death of Mildred Cohn, "a biochemist who overcame religious and sex discrimination to advance the study of metabolic processes." She was 96. According to the article, Cohn overcame many levels of prejudice, including academic departments that wouldn't give women tenure, to finally receive her first tenure-track appointment 21 years after earning her PhD. During a career spent developing new techniques and instruments to measure the activity of enzymes, she won the National Medal of Science and "became the first woman appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the first woman to become president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology," the article adds.
Mildred Cohn, in Memoriam
Nov 11, 2009