More about Gerty und Carl Cori
Gerty and Carl Cori came from old Austrian entrepreneurial and scholarly families. Both were born in Prague in 1896 and studied medicine in Prague. They married in 1920 and then worked both clinically and scientifically in Vienna. In 1921, Carl Cori accepted an offer from Otto Loewi to work as an assistant at the Pharmacological Institute of the University of Graz. During his time in Graz, “...the idea of the absorption and the fate of sugar in the animal body...” arose, as Carl Cori later wrote.
The Coris left Austria in 1922 and worked at the State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases (now Roswell Park Cancer Institute) in Buffalo, New York and from 1931 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His wife Gerty was either not allowed to work with Carl at all or only as a poorly paid assistant. She did not receive an academic position as an associate professor until 1943, and she became a professor in the year the Nobel Prize was awarded.
The Cori Laboratory in St. Louis had a tremendous impact on the development of life sciences in the USA and became a hotbed for talent. Six of Gerty and Carl Cori’s students were later awarded the Nobel Prize.