Yellapragada Subbarao

Yellapragada Subbarao
1895 - 1948

Yellapragada Subbarao  Indian Chemist


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First Name Yellapragada
Last Name Subbarao
Alternative Name Yellapragada Subbarow
Age 53 (age at death) years
Birthday 12th January, 1895
Birthplace Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 9th August, 1948
Place of Death New York City, United States
Build Voluptuous
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Ethnicity Asian/Indian
Nationality Indian
Occupation Chemist

Yellapragada Subbarow (12 January 1895 – 8 August 1948) was a pioneering Indian biochemist who discovered the function of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as an energy source in the cell, developed methotrexate for the treatment of cancer and discovered a broad spectrum of antibiotics including tetracycline and chlortetracycline. A student of
Madras Medical College, his elder brother and younger brother both died due to tropical sprue in the span of 8 days. He subsequently discovered folic acid as a cure for tropical sprue. He discovered methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug still used today and also used for rheumatoid arthritis, and diethyl carbamazine (DEC), the only effective
drug for treating filariasis. Most of his career was spent in the United States. Despite his isolation of ATP, Subbarow did not gain tenure at Harvard though he would lead some of America's most important medical research during World War II. He is also credited with the first synthesis of the chemical compounds folic acid and methotrexate. Subbarow died in the United States due to cardiac arrest.

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