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Claim of Dr. Schatz to Nobel Prize Share Is Put Forward Here
NAC Official Urges Waksman Colleague Be Recognized
IN DRUG DISCOVERY
The Nobel Prize Committee for Medicine was asked yesterday by Dr. Elmer S. Reinthaler, vice president of National Agricultural College, to reconsider last week's award of the Nobel Prize to Dr. Seman Waksnian for the discovery of streptothycin, the anti-TB mold drug.
In a letter to the committee mailed from the college here, Dr. Reinthaler said that "just recognition should he given to Dr. Albert Schatz, one of our colleagues, for his contribution to the discovery of streptomycin."
As a result of a 1951 lawsuit, Dr. Schatz, professor of microbiology at National Agricultural college, won a $110,000 settlement, 3 per cent of the royalties on the drug and recognition as "legal and scientific codiscoverer" of streptomycin.
Origin of Drug Traced
Appended to the letter was Dr. Reinthaler's analysis of the history of the discovery of the drug from a mold. He traced the original scientific paper published jointly by Drs. Waksman and Schatz their joint patent and their joint assignment of the patent to the Rutgers Research and Endowment Foundation. Both were working at Rutgers University at the time. Dr. Waksman is presently head of the Institute of Microbiology there.
The letter from the Bucks county educator said, "We are certain that so distinguished a body as the council of the Caroline Institute (which makes the Nobel awards) could not have been aware of, and yet have ignored, certain most pertinent facts regarding the discovery."
The letter also citcd the awarding of the prize on a joint basis to Sir Alexander Fleming, Dr. Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Howard Walter Florey for their discovery and development of penicillin.
Dr. Reinthaler told a "Daily Intelligencer" reporter yesterday that it was the opinion of the administration and faculty of the college that just recognition should be given to Dr. Schatz who has been a member of the National Agricultural Colege faculty for over a year.