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Rosalyn S. Yalow
(19 Jul 1921 - 30 May 2011)

American biophysicist who shared (with Andrew V. Schally and Roger Guillemin) the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The award, making her the second woman to win the Nobel Prize in medicine, was made 'for the development of radioimmuno assays (RIA) of peptide hormone.'

Science Quotes by Rosalyn S. Yalow (9 quotes)

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Rosalyn Yalow in her Bronx VA Medical Center lab (source)

All women scientists should marry, rear children, cook, and clean in order to achieve fulfillment, to be a complete woman.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Quoted in The Chemical Educator, vol. 7, No. 2, in a book review of Eugene Straus, Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine.
Science quotes on:  |  Women Scientists (13)

In the past, few women have tried and even fewer have succeeded.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (150)  |  Women Scientists (13)

My crystal ball or intuition tells me that in the '80s the impact of RIA [radioimmunoassay] on the study of infectious diseases may prove as revolutionary as its impact on endocrinology in the 60s.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Radioimmunoassay: A probe for fine structure of biological systems Nobel Lecture, 8 Dec 1977
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (275)

Perhaps the earliest memories I have are of being a stubborn, determined child. Through the years my mother has told me that it was fortunate that I chose to do acceptable things, for if I had chosen otherwise no one could have deflected me from my path. ... The Chairman of the Physics Department, looking at this record, could only say 'That A- confirms that women do not do well at laboratory work'. But I was no longer a stubborn, determined child, but rather a stubborn, determined graduate student. The hard work and subtle discrimination were of no moment.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Autobiography, Nobel Foundation
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (232)

Radioimmunoassay (RIA) is simple in principle.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
'Radioimmunoassay: A Probe for the Fine Structure of Biologic Systems', Nobel Lecture, 1977. In Nobel Lectures: Physiology or Medicine 1971-1980 (1992), 450.
Science quotes on:  |  Principle (292)  |  Simplicity (147)

The first telescope opened the heavens; the first microscope opened the world of the microbes; radioisotopic methodology, as examplified by RIA [radioimmunoassay], has shown the potential for opening new vistas in science and medicine
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
'Radioimmunoassay: A Probe for the Fine Structure of Biologic Systems', Nobel Lecture (8 Dec 1977). In Nobel Lectures: Physiology or Medicine 1971-1980 (1992), 465.
Science quotes on:  |  Research (590)

The Nobel Prize gives you an opportunity to make a fool of yourself in public.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Science quotes on:  |  Fool (85)  |  Nobel Prize (28)  |  Opportunity (63)  |  Public (94)  |  Yourself (6)

The war gave women like her opportunities, not a feminist movement, and if the opportunities dwindled after the war, she feels that it was because women didn't want them.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
Quoted in The Chemical Educator, vol. 7, No. 2, in a book review of Eugene Straus, Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine.
Science quotes on:  |  Women Scientists (13)

We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed.
— Rosalyn S. Yalow
From a speech given to students in Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 1977 as quoted in The Decade of Women (1980) by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons
Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (64)  |  Aspiration (27)  |  Belief (504)  |  Competence (7)  |  Courage (55)  |  Determination (57)  |  Equality (22)  |  Future (287)  |  Goal (100)  |  Opportunity (63)  |  Success (250)  |  Women Scientists (13)

Quotes by others about Rosalyn S. Yalow (1)

Ros Yalow and Sol Berson [her research partner] were the Toscaninis of the field... Most others were, if not organ-grinders, followers.
Rolf Luft
Quoted in Eugene Straus, Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine, 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (232)

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