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Dr Yellapgrada Subba Rao, one of the brightest Scientists / Discoverers, the World of Medicine had witnessed and is an Indian.

1)His Discovery of Tetracycline saved millions of lives during the Surat 1994 Plague outbreak, and Doxycycline today is one of the front line Antibiotics for many Chest Infections.

2) He discovered another Antibiotic, Polymyxin which is very widely used.

3) He discovered Hetrazan a drug used in Filariasis (Elephant leg) that's very common in India.

4) Developed Vitamin B12. From 1988 onwards, US FDA instructed every Cereal to be fortified with Vitamin B12.

5) The Energy pockets of our Body, are ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate). Phosphorus is a very important part in these Energy pockets. Fiske and Subba Rao both worked together how to estimate the Phosphorus Content, used even today.

6) He developed Methotrexate, a Cancer Drug and also used in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Methotrexate was first used in Children with Blood Cancer.

A man with so many Discoveries, he deserved a Nobel Prize. But being a Nationalist Indian, he was first denied a MBBS Degree by the Britishers, when he studied at Madras Medical College.

He was awarded LMS degree instead.He worked in an Ayurveda college, through his father-in-law, went to the USA, got registered as a Physician at Harvard Medical School, but registered as a Chemist as that was the Category Indians could get into the USA then.

Later, he was denied a Faculty position at Harvard; but none of these deterred his Brilliant Accomplishments. India has not given the due credit for its own citizen who contributed so much to the World of Medicine.

Do forward this so that such a prodigy will get his due recognition. YELLAPRAGADA SUBBARAO In the INDIAN History was a pioneering Indian biochemist who discovered the function of adenosine triphosphate as an energy source in the cell, developed methotrexate for the treatment of cancer and led the department at Lederle laboratories in which Benjamin Minge Duggar discovered chlortetracycline in 1945. Wikipedia

Born: 12 January 1895, Bhimavaram

Died: 8 August 1948, New York, New York, United States

Alma mater: Harvard Medical School; Madras Medical College

Fields: Biochemistry
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