Ruth L. Kirschstein
Ruth L. Kirschstein

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Name: Ruth L. Kirschstein
Occupation: Pathologist
Gender: Female
Birth Day: October 12, 1926
Death Date: Oct 6, 2009 (age 82)
Age: Aged 82
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Libra

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Ruth L. Kirschstein

Ruth L. Kirschstein was born on October 12, 1926 in United States (82 years old). Ruth L. Kirschstein is a Pathologist, zodiac sign: Libra. Find out Ruth L. Kirschsteinnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


She was a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the acting director of the National Institutes of Health in 1993 and from 2000 to 2002.

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As per our current Database, Ruth L. Kirschstein died on Oct 6, 2009 (age 82).

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Before Fame

She received her medical degree from Tulane University in 1951.

Biography Timeline


Kirschstein was born to a family of Russian Jewish descent in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. Although she had trained as a classical pianist, she pursued medicine, graduating in 1947 from Long Island University and earning a medical degree from Tulane University in 1951. She interned in medicine and surgery at Kings County hospital and completed medical residencies in pathology at Providence Hospital in Detroit, Tulane University Hospital, and the Clinical Center at the NIH.


Kirschstein's only child, Arnold B. Rabson, was born in 1955, the year she and her husband arrived at the NIH.

Kirschstein joined NIH in 1955. She studied clinical pathology, laboratory medicine, virally-induced cancer and developed the safety test for the polio vaccines following the 1955 Cutter Incident, in addition to working on the safety of the measles vaccine.


In 1972, Kirschstein became deputy director of the Division of Biologics Standards, a research division that was transferred from NIH to the Food and Drug Administration, where investigated the safety of the artificial sweetener cyclamate. When she returned to the NIH in 1974, Kirschstein became the first woman to direct an institute when she was appointed the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). At NIGMS, she raised the profile of the institute, persuading Congress to dramatically increase funding of basic medical science research. She also championed research training support, particularly for under-represented minorities, work that was recognized by the Congressionally-mandated renaming of the National Research Service Awards, as the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards. Kirschstein served as Deputy Director of the NIH under Dr. Harold Varmus, from 1993 to 1999. She served as Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health on two occasions, in 1993, and again from 2000-2002.

Family Life

Ruth was married to pathologist Dr. Alan S. Rabson for 59 years.

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