Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr.


Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr.
(1915 - 1974)



American pharmacologist and physiologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1971 for isolation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cyclic AMP) and demonstration of its involvement in numerous metabolic processes that occur in animals.
Sutherland graduated from Washburn College (Topeka, Kan.) in 1937 and received the M.D. degree from Washington University Medical School (St. Louis, Mo.) in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he joined the faculty of Washington University. In 1953 he became director of the department of medicine at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 1956 he discovered cyclic AMP. In 1963 he became professor of physiology at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.), and from 1973 until his death he was a member of the faculty of the University of Miami Medical School.


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