Unprecedented Nobel for former Sherbrooke resident
Former Sherbrooke resident and Jewish community member, Ralph Steinman passed away on September 30th, before
being awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize of Medicine. Unprecedented, Steinman will be awarded the prize posthumously.
Born in Montreal and raised in Sherbrooke, Ralph Steinman was one of four children of Irving and Nettie Steinman. After graduating from Sherbrooke High School, Ralph received his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Steinman had an illustrious career and is credited with having discovered the immune system’s dendritic cells in 1973. His work lead to innovative ways of treating cancer, infectious diseases and immune system disorders.
Dr. Steinman was the recipient of the A. H. Heineken Prize for Medicine in 2010, the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research in 2009 and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 2007. He has also received the Debrecen Prize in Molecular Medicine in 2006, the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology in 2004, the Novartis Prize in Immunology in 2004 and the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 2003. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Steinman is survived by his wife Claudia, his mother Nettie, his siblings, his son Adam, his twin daughters Lesley and Alexis, and three grandchildren.