Inventing the Future: George Emil Palade
Healthcare in the 21st century is mostly like a second degree equation; a mix of technology and skills which are all adding up to a manual of the human body and ho wto treat it. Nowadays, we go down to the level of cells and their “life” in determining the nature of a disease or the health status of a patient. We all heard about ribosomes and learnt about their importance in the domain of modern molecular cell biology. We thank much of that knowledge to the work of George Emil Palade (1912-2008) in the biology domain.
Palade was a Romanian cell biologist referred to in the scientific community as “the most influential cell biologist ever.” In 1974, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine together with Albert Claude and Christian de Duve for his innovations in electron microscopy and cell fractionation. These two techniques became the foundations of modern molecular cell biology, with his most notable discovery being the ribosomes of the endoplasmic reticulum, first described by Palade in 1955.