Three other Nobel prize medals have been auctioned since March
2014: the Simon Smith Kuznets medal from 1971; the Carlos Saavedra Lamas medal from 1936; and
the Dr. James D. Watson medal from 1962.
The following news release from Bonhams details the upcoming auction of another,
the 1934 Nobel Prize Gold Medal for Physiology or Medicine awarded
to George R. Minot:
Nobel Prize medal awarded to George R. Minot in 1934 for his pioneering work
on the treatment of pernicious anaemia is to be sold at Bonhams
History of Science and Technology Sale in New York on September 21.
It is estimated at $200,000-300,000.
(1885 to 1950) and his fellow scientists William. P. Murphy and George. H. Whipple won the Nobel Prize in
Physiology and Medicine for their work in the study of anaemia. Minot
and Whipple discovered that pernicious anaemia could be treated
effectively with liver, which is rich in vitamin B12. Further work
confirmed B12 as a vital compound in the development of the treatment.
came from a medical family. His father was a physician and one of his
great-grandfathers, James Jackson, co-founded Massachusetts
General Hospital. His home in Brookline, Mass., is designated a
National Historic Landmark.
director of the History of Science Department, Cassandra Hatton, said:
“Nobel Prize awards represent the summit of human endeavour and it
always creates great excitement among collectors when a medal comes up
for sale. George Minot’s work has saved and improved countless lives
over many decades. It is interesting to note that Minot himself
suffered from diabetes and had it not been for the discovery of
insulin by earlier Nobel Prize winners in the 1920s he would almost
certainly not have lived to make his own important contribution to the
lives of others.”
medal is being offered with the Nobel Diploma and other related materials.
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