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I made this photo at evening. The church was already closed. But even outside, I felt the magic…

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Gerty Cori, a Czech-American biochemist, who was born on this day (August 15th) in 1896. After graduating from the German University of Prague in 1920 with her M.D., Gerty married her classmate Carl and the two began working in various institutions in Vienna. In 1922, the couple moved to the U.S. where they devoted their energies to researching carbohydrate metabolism. This work resulted in the publication of over 50 papers and the discovery of the “Cori cycle.” In 1947, Gerty and Carl were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen.” Gerty was the third woman and the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize.

This autographed picture of Gerty and her husband Carl in the lab comes from the Herman Kalckar Photograph Collection (object ID 2009.033.002), CHF Archives.