Stanley Cohen was born on November 17, 1922. Cohen attended Brooklyn College, majoring in Chemistry and Biology. He continued his education at Oberlin College, where he received an M.A. in Zoology in 1945, and then in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Michigan where he received a Ph.D. in 1948.
Cohen’s first job was in the Pediatrics and Biochemistry Departments of the University of Colorado, where he was involved in metabolic studies of premature infants. In 1952, Cohen moved to St. Louis, Missouri to work in the Department of Radiology at Washington University as a postdoctoral fellow of the American Cancer Society. In 1953, he became associated with the Department of Zoology, where he first met Rita Levi-Montalcini.
In 1959, he transferred to Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry Department. In 1976, he was appointed an American Cancer Society Research Professor and in 1986 Distinguished Professor.
In 1986, Cohen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, with Rita Levi-Montalcini, for for their discovery of growth factors.
· American Cancer Society Research Professor
of Biochemistry (1976)
The following press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences describes Montalcini and Cohen's work:
Source: Nobelprize.org, Nobel Prize Autobiography