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Frederick Chapman Robbins

Frederick Chapman Robbins
Born August 25, 1916(1916-08-25)
Auburn, Alabama
Died August 4, 2003 (aged 86)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Fields Pediatrics
Institutions Case Western Reserve University
Alma mater University of Missouri, Harvard University
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1954)

Frederick Chapman Robbins (August 25, 1916 – August 4, 2003) was an American pediatrician and virologist.

He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954 along with John Franklin Enders and Thomas Huckle Weller. The award was for his breakthrough work in isolation and growth of the polio virus, paving the way for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, etc. He attended school at the University of Missouri and Harvard University.

In 1952, he was appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University[1]. From 1966 onwards, Robbins was Dean of the School of Medicine at Case Western[2]. He led the medical school until 1980 when he assumed the Presidency of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Five years later, in 1985, Robbins returned to Case Western Reserve as Dean Emeritus and distinguished University professor Emeritus [3]. He continued to be a fixture at the medical school until his death in 2003. The medical school's "Frederick C. Robbins Society" is named in his honor.

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  • "The Abraham Flexner Award for distinguished service to medical education. Frederick C. Robbins, M.D". Journal of medical education 63 (2): 121–2. February 1988. PMID 3276892. 
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  • Marshall, E (March 1980). "Institute of Medicine names Robbins president". Science 207 (4436): 1184–5. doi:10.1126/science.6986655. PMID 6986655. 
  • Sulek, K (December 1968). "[Nobel prizes for John F. Enders, Frederick Ch, Robbins and Thomas H. Weller in 1954 for discovery of the possibility of growing poliomyelitis virus on various tissue media]". Wiad. Lek. 21 (24): 2301–3. PMID 4303387. 

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