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Jane C. Wright: The Woman Who Changed the Landscape of Oncology

March 08, 2020

Jane Cooke WrightIn a time when medicine and research were predominantly white and male, Jane and her family had challenged the preconceptions of what a scientist should be. Jane and her sister, Barbara, represented the third generation of Wright family medics; the tradition began with their grandfather, who, after being born into slavery, later graduated from Meharry Medical College as valedictorian of his class. Their father, Dr Louis Tompkins Wright, was one of the first African-American graduates of Harvard Medical School and founded the Harlem Hospital Cancer Research Foundation (HHCRF).

NYMC Alumni News: Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45, served as associate dean at NYMC from 1967 to 1975.

Source: Technology Networks