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Luigi Gorini, American Cancer Sociology Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology, has been awarded the University's Ledlie Prize for "valuable contribution to science, or in any way for benefit of mankind."
An announcing the selection of Gorini the biennial award, President Pusey in the prize was given in recognition by the scientist's "outstanding accomplishment in discovering drug-induced reading of the genetic code."
Gorini has done extensive investigation of the effect of streptomycin, an important drug on the translation of genetic formation in bacteria. His colleagues believe his findings will lead to new discoveries in the study of disease, since genetic-coding he has studied in backing is essentially the same as that in cells.
His research has also given new leads biochemical studies of the mechanism the action of streptomycin.
The native of Milan, Italy, Gorini, who in 41, graduated from the University Pavia with honors in, 1925 and in 1927 of a prize for advanced work in organic chemistry. His research career was decided for 15 years before and during third War II because his opposition the fascist Italian government made academic career impossible.
During his 15-year absence from academic research, he worked as an industrial consultant. During the war he also asked for the Italian underground. After the war, at the age of 43, he resumed research career in Milan. He has been at the Harvard Medical School since 1967.
The Ledlie Prize, first awarded in '56, has gone to faculty members in several different fields: Robert B. Woodward, Donner Professor of Science, for work in chemical synthesis; Austin W. Scott, Dane Professor of Law, Emeritus, for legal research; Fritz J. Roethlisberger, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Human Relations, for sociological research in industry
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