By Soňa Štrbáňová
This biographical short outlines the amazing lifestyles and occupation of British biochemist, Marjory Stephenson (1885-1948). In 9 concise chapters, Štrbáňová describes Stephenson's medical accomplishments and units those opposed to the socio-political demanding situations of the time. Stephenson performed a major position within the improvement of biochemistry and molecular biology. She used to be one of many first scientists to exploit microorganisms as versions for learn into mobile biochemical strategies and their legislation. Later she went directly to coin the time period chemical microbiology, which used to be communicated in her monograph and textbook "Bacterial Metabolism" (1930-1949). Stephenson additionally actively participated within the institution of the institutionalized interdisciplinary box of normal microbiology which built-in study into varied sorts of microorganisms at numerous degrees of association. along those medical achievements, Štrbáňová outlines Stephenson's consistent conflict with practices of undeclared discrimination, her very important position as one of many first ladies technological know-how managers and organizers, and her influential place in the clinical group. A scientist of significant advantage and a job version to ladies scientists of all disciplines, the lifetime of Marjory Stephenson is of curiosity to biochemists, molecular biologists, historians of the chemical and organic sciences, and ladies scientists of all generations.
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The use of washed suspensions together with methylene blue, manometric and other contemporary techniques of biochemistry, opened new ways for study of enzyme kinetics and the growth conditions necessary for the optimal formation of enzymes. In the years 1920–1950, intensive research into the nature and mode of action of enzymes, and the cellular metabolic pathways was going on in a number of European and overseas laboratories. Hopkins’ Cambridge laboratory and Otto Warburg’s Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Cell Physiology in Berlin belonged among the leading ones.
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Never mentioned in his personal recollections [2, 3] whether Stephenson influenced him in his choice of research themes, but we must consider (as will be shown later) that their farewell apparently was not harmonious. 2Quastel © The Author(s) 2016 S. 1007/978-3-662-49736-4_3 25 3 Fruitful Years. 4 Jointly with Margaret Whetham  they standardized the “resting” cell method which proved to be very useful for the study of bacterial metabolism isolated from the complexities of growth under controlled conditions.