Stanley Cohen

November 28, 2011 | | Comments Off on Stanley Cohen

When we first received this assignment, I immediately began to think about which male scientist I should pick to compare with Rita Levi-Montalcini. It took me a little while to finally realize that who better to compare her with than the man that she worked with to win the Nobel Prize. Stanley Cohen worked along side with Rita-Levi Montalcini for many years, researching the Nerve Growth Factor. Their work on the Nerve Growth Factor allowed them to receive the Nobel Prize in 1986.

Stanley Cohen was born on November 17, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY. His parents, Louis Cohen and Fannie Feitel Cohen immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s.Cohen was raised in a lower class family, his parents, even though did not have an education themselves, made sure that Stanley received the best education he could, understanding the great importance of what knowledge has to give.

He attended Brooklyn college, where he double majored in Biology and Chemistry. The most important factor that led Cohen to attend Brooklyn College was the fact that it did not charge tuition. Had they did require him to pay, he would have to attended college. In 1945 he received his Masters in zoology from Oberlin college. Three years later, Cohen receive his Ph.D from the University of Michigan.

Stanley Cohen definitely received the education his parents hoped for. All of his degrees led him to have many careers throughout his life. After graduating from Brooklyn College he worked as a bacteriologist at a milk plant in order to pay for graduate school. In 1948 he became a researcher in the Pediatric & Biochemistry Department of the University of Colorado. Four years later he moved to Washington State and worked in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago in St.Louis. He switched from that department to the Department of Zoology after one year. This is where he began to work with Rita Levi-Montalcini, their discoveries having a great impact in the world of science.

I do not think that their genders influenced their careers. They are both very dedicated scientists. I believe that they don’t care whether or not they are female or male. The only thing that matters is science. The field of science is open to bother males and females, and should not be dominated by only one gender. I think that both Cohen, and Montalcini agree with this. Their main focus is to make sure that the world of science continues to grow.

-Born and raised in the U.S

-Lower class family

-Attended Graduate School at the University of Michigan to earn his Ph.D

-Most of his scientific work was done in the United States

-Retired in 2000


-Born and raised in Italy

-Upper class family

-Attended Medical in Turin, Italy to earn her M.D

-Became a surgeon

-Scientific work was done in both the United States and Italy

-Serves as a Senate in Italy

-Runs an all-female laboratory



-1986 Nobel Prize

-Rosentiel Award

-Louisa Gross Horowitz Prize

-National Medal of Science

                      -Both are members of the National Academy of Science



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