I was blog hopping this morning - visiting some of my usual stops and I get to Maria's blog to read her post for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday - it's the letter V. Her topic "Vinca"!!
Go and read this post....it really touched my heart, but more than that, I just wanted to weep, because it was my dear friend Dr. Charles Beer who isolated the chemical in the periwinkle plant that created the anti-cancer drug.
So for Maria and her family - here's some photos for you of Dr. Charles Beer. He was a truly wonderful man and I know he's smiling down on us today!
Born: November 18, 1915, Leigh, Dorset, England
Died: June 15, 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia
Education: Ph.D - Oxford University, 1948
Dr. Charles Thomas Beer received his D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1948, his studies focused on organic chemistry. In 1951, he moved to North America, accepting research fellowships and positions at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York (1951- 1954), the University of Western Ontario (1954-55, 1957-60), McGill-Montreal General Hospital Research Institute (1955-56) and the University of British Columbia (1960-81). He has been a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia since 1967 and was Professor Emeritus at UBC and Honorary Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Cancer Endocrinology, British Columbia Cancer Agency.
Dr. Noble had been working with the periwinkle plant based on earlier suggestions that it might be useful in diabetes. Dr. Beer arrived in Dr. Noble's laboratory at UWO in September 1954 and his biochemical expertise led to the isolation and purification of the chemical in the "Vinca" periwinkle plant.
The process received a patent in the name of C.T. Beer, J.H. Cutts (a doctoral student co-worker) and R.L. Noble and was administered by the University in cooperation with the Eli Lilly Co. of Indianapolis.
Dr. Beer's distinguished research and teaching career continued in the field of biochemistry with further work with vinblastine and related biochemical cancer research.
Dr. Beer was inducted into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1997 and received the Order of Canada for his cancer research work in 2003.