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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – March 2012

Free E-Biography of NIH Icon Dr. Ruth Kirschstein

Format: e-Book
Institute: Office of the Director (OD)

Medical scientist. Classical pianist. Physician. Humanitarian. Research administrator. Ruth Kirschstein played many roles throughout her life—including becoming the first female director of an NIH Institute, Deputy Director of NIH, and acting NIH Director. You can read her inspiring story in the new biography Always There: The Remarkable Life of Ruth Lillian Kirschstein, M.D.

Always There includes something for everyone. Non-scientists can learn about the life and legacy of a researcher who embodied the spirit of NIH. Scientists will gain additional insights into the evolution of polio vaccine. Administrators will get a close-up view of how one strong woman got things done. Most importantly, young people pursuing the sciences will see the many ways scientists can share their talents.

Written by Alison F. Davis, the book includes a foreword co-authored by Dr. Kirschstein's husband and son.

Next Steps

You can download Always There: The Remarkable Life of Ruth Lillian Kirschstein, M.D., for free at The book is available as a PDF and for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2012

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