Throwback Thursday: Before the Nobel Prize

With the Nobel Prize announcements this week, we take a trip back to a time when our professor was receiving accolades before he was a Nobel Laureate.

Dr. Roger C. Guillemin in his lab. Photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
Dr. Roger C. Guillemin in his lab. Photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

Exactly two decades before Dr. Roger Guillemin received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Guillemin was recognized as the “discoverer of the Hypothalamic hormone 1956” in the 1956 Aesculapian yearbook.

After being honored in the yearbook, Dr. Guillemin won the Nobel Prize in 1977 for discoveries concerning peptide hormone production in the brain, findings that laid the foundation for modern brain hormone research.

Dr.  Guillemin joined BUCM in 1953, where he started his Nobel Prize winning research. He largely credited Baylor for encouraging and funding his research. He later donated his Nobel Prize medal to the College and it can be viewed in the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum.

See a photo of Dr. Guillemin with Dr. DeBakey and Dr. William T. Butler, chancellor emeritus.

Take a virtual tour of the Michael E. DeBakey Museum and Library.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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