Rachel Fuller was born in Springfield, Massachusetts back in 1898 to George and Annie. The family moved to Missouri until she was 14 when her parents divorced, so Rachel and her mother moved back to Springfield. She graduated from Central High School. A fried was so impressed by her determination to attend college, she paid for Rachel to go to Mount Holyoke College.
In 1920, she earned the B.A. in chemistry and history. In in26, she stared working at the Division of Laboratories and Research with the New York Department of Health. She helped develop a pneumonia vaccine that is still in sue to this day. Penicillin had been discovered in 1928, but one of the side effects would lead to sore mouths and upset stomachs. Other effects were attacking the central nervous system, athlete’s foot and ring worms. With the help of Elizabeth Lee Hazen, she discovered something that is still in use today.
What you may not know about Rachel Fuller Brown is that she was instrumental in the discovery of Fractions N and AN. She called it Nystatin which is now sold under the brand name of Mycostatin, it is used to treat infections of the skin such as diaper rash, thrush, esophageal candidiasis and vaginal yeast infections. Brown and Hazen received royalties of 13.4 million. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994.
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