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Source: The Passaic Herald-News: September 18, 1946
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Streptomycin Pioneer Pushing New Projects


Unperturbed by a decade's delay in being recognized as a co-discoverer of streptomycin, Dr. Alfred Schatz, 33, of 15-02 11th St., Fair Lawn, and Doylestown, Pa., is pushing ahead on new projects to safeguard world health.

These include programs to delve into cancer formations, and new ways to treat multiple sclerosis. Dr. Schatz is also studying control of plant diseases, virus infections, polio, influenza and hormone physiology.

Honored last Fall at the sixth International Congress of Microbiology in Rome, for his work in the discovery of streptomycin, he was elected a vice president at the congress. Later, he was named one of 10 "young men of the year" by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. the award was presented recently at a dinner in his honor in Seattle.

Director of Research.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Schatz of Fair Lawn, he is currently director of research at the National Agricultural College, Bucks County, Pa., where he lives with his wife and two children.

Schatz was only 23 when streptomycin was discovered. His original work on the discovery, however, was overlooked until last year, when he won the degree of doctor of philosophy for the part he played. He is the youngest microbiology professor in the United States.

Educated at Passaic High School, he attended Rutgers, Stanford and Columbia Universities and holds three degrees.

His contributions to medical science were hailed as "resulting in the saving of thousands of lives and the relief of indescribable suffering."

Schatz is the author and coauthor of more than 50 scientific publications and texts. His most recent, a text on microbiology, was published in the Fall.