George H Hitchings


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Hitchings, George H. (Herbert)

(1905–  ) biochemist, pharmacologist; born in Hoquiam, Wash. He taught at Harvard (1928–39) and Western Reserve (1939–42), then joined the Burroughs Wellcome Company, N.C. (1942–75). In 1945 Hitchings began a professional, and often competitive, relationship with Gertrude Elion; the two scientists formed a team that discovered drugs for treatment of leukemia, gout, infective diseases, autoimmune disorders, and transplant rejection. Although Nobel Prizes are rarely awarded to employees of pharmaceutical companies, Hitchings and Elion were awarded one-half the 1988 Nobel Prize in physiology for their many contributions to drug therapy.
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In 1965, Nobel Laureate George H Hitchings affirmed that his Harvard colleague had isolated over a period several phosphorus compounds that were in all probability nucleotides involved in the synthesis of RNA and that these had to be rediscovered years later by other workers because SubbaRow was not allowed to publish them.