Charles Beer

Organic Chemistry

Co-discoverer of vinblastine (from the Madagascar periwinkle plant) with Robert Noble at the University of Western Ontario in 1958. Vinblastine is a major chemotherapy drug used to treat cancers such as Hodgkin's disease, testicular and breast cancers.

Birthdate
November 18, 1915

Birthplace
Leigh, Dorset, England

Date of Death
June 15, 2010

Place of Death
Vancouver, British Columbia

Residence
Vancouver, BC

Family Members

    Personality
    Shy

    Title
    Professor of biochemistry, senior research scientist

    Office
    BC Cancer Research Centre, University of BC

    Status
    Deceased

    Degrees
    • D.Phil Oxford, 1948

    Awards
    • Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, 1997

    Mentor

    Sir Robert Robinson, OM, a Nobel Prize winner, president of the Royal Society


    Last Updated
    April 13, 2011

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