Throughout the first half of the 20th century, tuberculosis was one of the nation’s most feared killers. At one point, the highly infectious disease known as TB killed more than 400 Americans a day. But by the early 1950s, TB deaths had dropped sharply – due in large part to research begun years before by a Rutgers University soil microbiologist named Selman Waksman… “If you say soil, dirt – in medical terms, it was anathema. Somebody who proposes you’ve got things in soil that would be of use in a medical manner was way out on a limb,” says Douglas E. Eveleigh, distinguished professor-emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
/ / / Selman Waksman: Rutgers Alumnus, Researcher and Nobel Prize Winner Developed System to Discover Antibiotics