Bernardo Alberto Houssay was an Argentine physiologist who, in 1947, was a co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the role played by pituitary hormones in regulating the amount of blood sugar (glucose) in animals.
Bernardo Alberto Houssay was born to Dr Albert and Clara Houssay, both of whom had emigrated from France to Argentina. His father worked as a barrister and his mother was a housewife. Houssay worked in many fields of physiology, but his main contribution was on the investigation of the role of the anterior pituitary in the carbohydrate metabolism. He was the first Argentine Nobel laureate in the sciences.
In addition to being recognized by the Nobel Foundation, he received honorary degrees and distinctions from multiple prestigious academic institutions such as Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and the University of Paris. He was also the recipient of the 1960 Dale Medal, the highest honour in the field of endocrinology.
To honour him the postal department of the Republique du Niger, issued a commemorative stamp depicting the Bernardo Houssay working in his laboratory and an image of Nobel Prize in the background.
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