Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 3 01:14:56 UTC 2013

Elizabeth Stone, "A Mme. Curie From the Bronx". NYT Magazine, April 9, 1978
Carol Kahn, "Rosalynd Yalow, Bronx Housewife: She Cooks, She Cleans, She
Wins the Nobel Prize". Family Health 10 (June 1978):24-27

Not sure how accurate the references are--these are secondary citations.

The poorly written biography by Eugene Strauss appears to emphasize
Yalow "housewiferly" qualities--more the aspect of her life that she
felt compelled to run a "proper" Jewish home while being a scientist.

In June of 1978 Yalow had declined a Ladies' Home Journal award for
Woman of the Year and argued in a letter (published as an OpEd in NYT
June 12) that separate awards for women scientists were discriminatory.
This prompted Lenore Hershey to issue a rebuttal on the pages of the
Journal. Strauss and some of the other biographers have ignored the episode.


On 4/2/2013 4:52 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 4/2/2013 09:05 AM, Amy West wrote:
>> I was told an anecdote about Rosemary Yallow, a Nobel Prize winner in
>> medicine. (We in the science fiction fan community know her son Ben
>> Yallow.) Anyhoo, a friend -- a woman food scientist who lived and worked
>> in Natick (US Army Labs) -- told me that the day that Rosemary Yallow's
>> prize was announced the headline in the "local paper" (it's not clear to
>> me which one it was) was "Local Housewife Makes Good."
> I assume Amy means
> <>Rosalyn Sussman
> Yalow (1921-2011), 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for
> development of the
> <>radioimmunoassay (RIA)
> technique".  I don't remember the newspaper headline (very possibly
> New York City; the work was done at the Bronx Veterans Administration
> Hospital), but I do remember tears coming to my eyes when I heard the
> news driving to work the morning of the announcement.
> ...

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