Our Nobel Laureates

Since 1946, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has earned a reputation for funding scientists who go on to make breakthrough discoveries in cancer research.  Our scientists were the first to scientifically link lung cancer and cigarette smoking, to identify the first cancer-causing gene, and to cure a solid tumor with chemotherapy.  Among the dozens of outstanding awardees that have become leaders in their fields, Damon Runyon is proud to have 12 Nobel Laureates.

James E. Rothman, PhD (Fellow 1976-78)
2013 Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared)
“for [his] discovery of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”

Sidney Altman, PhD (Fellow 1967-69)
1989 Prize in Chemistry (shared)
“for [his] discovery of catalytic properties of RNA”

Susumu Tonegawa, PhD (Fellow 1969-70)
1987 Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity”

Albert Claude, MD (Grantee 1951)
1974 Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared)
“for [his] discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell”

Salvador E. Luria, MD (Grantee 1961)
1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared)
“for [his] discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses”

Charles B. Huggins, MD (Grantee 1955)
1966 Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“for his discoveries concerning hormonal treatment of prostatic cancer”

George W. Beadle, DSc, PhD (Grantee 1952)
1958 Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared)
“for [his] discovery that genes act by regulating definite chemical events”

John F. Enders, MD (Grantee 1968)
1954 Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared)
“for [his] discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue”

Fritz A. Lipmann, MD, PhD (Grantee 1952)
1953 Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“for his discovery of co-enzyme A and its importance for intermediary metabolism”

Wendell M. Stanley, PhD (Grantee 1964)
1946 Prize in Chemistry (shared)
“for [his] preparation of enzymes and virus proteins in a pure form”

Edward A. Doisy, PhD (Grantee 1950)
1943 Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“for his discovery of the chemical nature of vitamin K”

Albert Szent-Györgyi, MD, PhD (Grantee 1973)
1937 Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“for his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion processes, with special reference to vitamin C and the catalysis of fumaric acid”