Bernardo Alberto Houssay biography
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 10, 1887, Bernardo Alberto Houssay was a doctor by the age of 23. Following his education, he founded an Institute of Physiology, but would be dismissed by President Juan Peron. His research on the role of pituitary hormones in the regulation of blood sugar won him a Nobel Prize in 1947.
Early Life and Education
Bernardo Alberto Houssay was born on April 10, 1887, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The son of a lawyer, Houssay excelled in his studies at an early age. He went to the University at Buenos Aires at the age of 14, and graduated from the university's pharmacy school three years later. He went on to study medicine, and received his M.D. degree at the age of 23.
Nobel Prize-Winning Career
Houssay became a professor the University at Buenos Aires after completing his degree. He later founded the Institute of Physiology, a new research center at the university. Throughout his career, Houssay was interested in research and wrote more than 500 papers.
After being dismissed by President Juan Perón in 1943, he founded the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine the next year. He spent a number of years investigating the role of pituitary hormones in regulating blood sugar. His work earned him the 1947 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with Carl and Gerty Cori.
Houssay died on September 21, 1971, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.