Gertrude B. Elion’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

January 23, 1918

Death Date

Feb 21, 1999

Age of Death

81 years

Cause of Death




The pharmacologist Gertrude B. Elion died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Pioneer pharmacologist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for developing new drugs leukemia, gout, and malaria among others. She became the first woman to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991.

She had a long relationship with Leonard Canter, but was never married.



I think it’s a very valuable thing for a doctor to learn how to do research, to learn how to approach research, something there isn’t time to teach them in medical school. They don’t really learn how to approach a problem, and yet diagnosis is a problem; and I think that year spent in research is extremely valuable to them.


I loved to learn everything, everything in sight, and I was never satisfied that I knew everything there was to know in each of my courses.


I had no specific bent toward science until my grandfather died of cancer. I decided nobody should suffer that much.


I was a child with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and remember enjoying all of my courses almost equally. When it came time at the end of my high school career to choose a major in which to specialize, I was in a quandary.


My father emigrated from Lithuania to the United States at the age of 12. He received his higher education in New York City and graduated in 1914 from the New York University School of Dentistry. My mother came at the age of 14 from a part of Russia which, after the war, became Poland; she was only 19 when she was married to my father.