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.

The Story

Please see the obituary of Charles Beer in the Globe and Mail.

The Person

Birthdate
November 18, 1915
Birthplace
Leigh, Dorset, England
Date of Death
June 15, 2010
Place of Death
Vancouver, British Columbia
Residence
Vancouver, BC
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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