From the Annals of NIH History

Two NIH Greats Remembered

 left is of a group of four people at the Lasker Awards ceremony and Potter is second from left; the right photo is of Anfinsen (right) receiving the Nobel Prize


Christian Anfinsen and Michael Potter grace the halls of the NIH Clinical Center once again. In May 2018, the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum is scheduled to open twin historical exhibits in tribute to these two NIH legends. Potter (second from left, left picture) won the 1984 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his elegant studies of plasma-cell tumors, which led to the development of monoclonal antibodies. Anfinsen (right, right picture) shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in chemistry for “work on ribonuclease, especially concerning the connection between the amino acid sequence and the biologically active conformation.” The exhibits, in the great corridor of Building 10 leading to Masur Auditorium, are funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. A lecture to honor Potter will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10). See the “Announcements” for more information. A lecture to honor Anfinsen will be held in the fall.