Rebeca Gerschman


About The Changemaker

An inspiration to young scientists everywhere, Rebeca, an Argentinian scientist, was a pioneer in her field. Born in Buenos Aires, she was a tireless fighter for the rights of women in science fields. Rebeca conducted groundbreaking research at the University of Rochester on the links between oxygen and aging. Her discoveries and groundbreaking research revolutionized the science world at the time and led to an entirely new field of research, which earned her a nomination for a Nobel Prize.

Unfortunately, she passed away on April 4, 1986, before she received the Nobel Prize, which is not awarded to the deceased. Leaving behind a rich, impactful legacy and body of research, scientists are able to learn from and continue to build upon Rebeca’s work.

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  2. Sivak, Hannah. Name dropping: Rebeca Gerschman, a pioneer in the study of ROS* and free radical toxicity. Dr. Hannah Sivak: Skin Care Scientist: 2019.

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