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About Steinman

Steinman was born in Montreal, Canada on January 14, 1943. He received a B.S. degree, with honors, from McGill University in 1963, and an M.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Medical School in 1968. After completing an internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he joined The Rockefeller University in 1970 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology headed by Cohn and the late James G. Hirsch.

He was appointed an assistant professor in 1972, associate professor in 1976, and professor in 1988. He was named Henry G. Kunkel Professor in 1995, and director of the Christopher Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases in 1998. (Source: The Rockefeller University )

Nobel Committee tripped over as one of the winners of medicine prize is dead

Monday, 03 October 2011
One of today's Laureates, the Canadian Ralph Steinman, has recently died, said the Nobel Committee said.
According to Canadian newspaper the Montreal Gazette online version, Steinman died of pancreatic cancer. New York-based Rockefeller University, where the winner was active, according to Steinman died on Friday, at the age of 68 years.

Goran Hansson, Nobel committee secretary, confirmed to Swedish news agency, TT that Ralph Steinman died over the weekend.

“It is too early to tell what will happen now. We have just received this information. What we can do now is just to complain that he did not feel the joy of his discoveries. What it has in practical implications, we will examine in the coming days along with the Nobel Foundation,” said Hansson.

“We’ll examine how the rules look like. One can not in principle give an award to a deceased. This is a very unique situation because he passed away hours before the decision was made,” said Goran Hansson.

"The news is bittersweet because we were told this in the morning from Ralph's family that he went away a few days ago, after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Ralph's wife, children and family,” writes Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of Rockefeller University, the University's website.
"We are all touched by our father's many years of hard work being recognized with a Nobel Prize. He devoted his life to his work and his family and he would certainly have felt honoured, "the daughter Alexis, wrote on the website.
By scancomark.se team

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