Sometimes noticing the smallest detail can make the biggest difference. This is true not only in everyday life but in science as well. Dr. Virginia Apgar developed a system of noticing the smallest details into a life-saving tool for newborns, a test that has saved countless lives.

Apgar was born in New Jersey in 1909. Her father, Charles Apgar, was a stock broker and insurance salesman and had an active interest in astronomy and radio. Her two older brothers were beset by health problems, with the eldest dying of tuberculosis. As a result, she decided from an early age to go into medicine.

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