By Dr. Ken Bridges kbridges@southark.edu


“Always hire people who do something useful better than you do . . . Life will be much more interesting and you will be much more successful, if you define success as actually getting something done,” once wrote Dr. Alfred Gilman. Gilman employed many students and scientists in his labs as he researched the innermost workings of cells in the body, work that led to the Nobel Prize. His research led to radically new understandings of how cells worked and ultimately inspired other scientists to develop new techniques in medicine and important advances in cancer research.

The future Nobel laureate was born Alfred Goodman Gilman in Connecticut in July 1941. His father was Dr. Alfred Zack Gilman, a Yale University professor and researcher who was respected throughout the medical community for his important writings on the study of pharmacology and early studies of chemotherapy as a cancer treatment. When he was young, the family moved to White Plains, New York, a suburb of New York City, where his father worked as a professor at Columbia University.






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