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Mildred Rebstock ’42

Chemistry and zoology major

Responsible for one of the great medical achievements of the modern era, Mildred Rebstock, Ph.D., developed the world’s first synthetically engineered antibiotic, chloromycetin. Her scientific breakthrough became the first drug that could be mass produced quickly and cheaply to work against typhoid fever and atypical pneumonia. In 1950, President Harry Truman presented her with the National Women’s Press Club Woman of the Year award. By revolutionizing the production and delivery of life saving medicines, Rebstock’s discovery continues to benefit mankind today.

Rebstock received the North Central College Outstanding Alumni Award in 1959.