Dr. Waksman, Streptomycin Discoverer, Retires from Rutgers University

Dr. Selman Waksman, Nobel Prize winner, discoverer of streptomycin and other anti-biotic drugs and long one of this country’s top microbiologists, will retire as director of the Rutgers University Institute of Microbiology, the university’s board of governors announced yesterday.

Proceeds of the sale of streptomycin and other “wonder drugs” developed by Dr. Waks-man and his associates have largely supported the Institute of Microbiology of which Dr. Waksman was the first director. After his retirement, Dr. Waksman, who will be 70 next week, will maintain an office and laboratory at the Institute. He plans to continue working in a number of fields, including the search for a cancer cure.

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