Posted May 13, 2015
That “pap” bit refers to this guy, Georgios Papanikolaou.
Papanikolaou was born in Greece on this date in 1883. He studied at the University of Athens and received a medical degree; later, he earned a PhD from the University of Munich, Germany. He worked as part of the Oceanographic Exploration Team for Monaco in the early 1900s; in 1915 he emigrated to the U.S.
Quite the world traveler!
His work on early cancer detection are what made Papanikolaou famous, and what got his portrait on some Greek money and a U.S. postage stamp.
There is still a lot more to be done in early detection of cancer and effective treatment of cancer. I hope many, many young people will go into cancer research. According to Dr. Richard L. Schilsky, this is the most exciting time in career research.
As Papanikolaou said, "The first observation of cancer cells ... gave me one of the greatest thrills I ever experienced during my scientific career." There are a lot more thrills to be had in this field, a field that saves lives, makes lives more comfortable, lengthens lives, and helps people.
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