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Roger Charles Louis Guillemin (born January 11, 1924 in Dijon, Bourgogne, France) received the National Medal of Science in 1976, and Nobel prize for medicine in 1977 for his work on neurohormones.

Roger Charles Louis Guillemin

Roger Charles Louis Guillemin
Born January 11, 1924 (age 86)
Dijon, France
Citizenship France
Nationality France
Fields Biology, Neurology
Institutions Baylor College of Medicine
Known for Neurohormones
Notable awards National Medal of Science,
Nobel Prize

Completing his undergraduate work at the University of Burgundy, Guillemin received his M.D. degree from the Medical Faculty at Lyon in 1949, and went to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to work with Hans Selye at the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the Université de Montréal where he received a Ph.D. in 1953. The same year he moved to the United States to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine at Houston. In 1965, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1970 he helped in creating the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California where he worked until retirement in 1989.

Guillemin and Andrew V. Schally discovered the structures of TRH and GnRH in separate laboratories.

Guillemin signed along with other Nobel Prize winners a petition requesting that a delegation of the Committee on the Rights of the Children of the United Nations may visit a Tibetan child who is under house arrest in China since 1995, namely Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.


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