Carl Ferdinand Cori

About Carl Ferdinand Cori

Who is it?: Biochemist
Birth Day: December 05, 1896
Birth Place: Prague, Czech Republic, Australian
Residence: United States
Citizenship: United States
Alma mater: First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague
Known for: Metabolism of carbohydrates
Spouse(s): Gerty Cori (m. 1920; her death 1957)
Awards: Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1946) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1947) Willard Gibbs Award (1948) ForMemRS (1950)
Fields: biochemist
Institutions: Washington University in St. Louis
Influenced: Arthur Kornberg

Carl Ferdinand Cori

Carl Ferdinand Cori was born on December 05, 1896 in Prague, Czech Republic, Australian, is Biochemist. Carl Ferdinand Cori was a Czech biochemist and pharmacologist who was a pioneer in demonstrating that biochemical research of isolated enzyme systems could aid in understanding physiological processes. He, along with wife Gerti Cori, was awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in r Medicine for their study on the catalytic conversion of glycogen. Carl Ferdinand Cori received exposure in science from a young age owing to his father and grandfather’s occupation in the same field. Following this, he pursued studies in Medicine from the German University after which he spent two years in Austria while working at the University of Vienna and the University of Graz. In 1922, he, along with his wife, moved to the United States of America and began working at the State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases, New York. During this time they conducted an in-depth study of the carbohydrate metabolism along with defining the ‘Cori Cycle’. A few years later he joined the Washington University School of Medicine and while working here he was engaged in research connected to glycogenolysis. Post his retirement from the university, he had worked as visiting professor at Harvard University along with pursuing research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He continued research until early 1980s when he was no longer able to work owing to ill health.
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Born December 05, 1896 (Prague, Czech Republic, Australian)
Birthday December 05
Town/City Prague, Czech Republic, Australian
Nationality Australian

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In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Cori won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1946 and in 1959, the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. Cori was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1950 and the Carl Cori Endowed Professorship at Washington University is named in his honor, currently held by Colin Nichols.



The Cori Family came from the Papal State (later Republical Rome, today's Central Italy) to the Royal Bohemian Crownland, Austrian Circle (Monarchical Austria centered on the Archducal Austria) at the end of the 17th century. Carl Ferdinand's grandfather Eduard Cori (1812–1889) was an administrative officer and beekeeper in Brüx, and grandmother was Rosina Trinks (?–1909). Carl Ferdinand's younger sister Margarete Cori (born 1905) was a lecturer of Prague and the wife of the Bohemian Geneticist Felix Mainx (1900, Prague–1983, Vienna).


Carl was the son of Carl Isidor Cori (1865, Brüx (Czech: Most), R.Bohemia, Imp.Austria–1954, Vienna), a Zoologist, and Maria née Lippich (1870, Graz–1922, Prague), a daughter of the Italian-Bohemian/Austrian physician Ferdinand (Franz) Lippich (1838, Padova–1913, Prague).


He grew up in Trieste, where his Father Carl Isidor was the Director of the Marine Biological Station. In late 1914 the Cori family moved to Prague and Carl entered the medical school of Charles University in Prague. While studying there he met Gerty Theresa Radnitz. He was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army and served in the ski corps, and later was transferred to the sanitary corps, for which he set up a laboratory in Trieste. At the end of the war Carl completed his studies, graduating with Gerty in 1920. Carl and Gerty married that year and worked together in clinics in Vienna. Their only child, Tom, married Anne, a daughter of the American constitutional Lawyer and anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafy.


Carl was invited to Graz to work with Otto Loewi to study the effect of the vagus nerve on the heart (Loewi would receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1936 for this work). While Carl was in Graz, Gerty remained in Vienna. A year later Carl was offered a position at the State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases (now the Roswell Park Cancer Institute) in Buffalo, New York and the Cori's moved to Buffalo. In 1928, they became naturalized citizens of the United States.


In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Cori won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1946 and in 1959, the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. Cori was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1950 and the Carl Cori Endowed Professorship at Washington University is named in his honor, currently held by Colin Nichols.


Gerty died in 1957 and Carl married Anne Fitz-Gerald Jones in 1960. He stayed on at Washington University until 1966, when he retired as chair of the biochemistry department. He was appointed visiting professor of Biological Chemistry at Harvard University while maintaining a laboratory space at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he pursued research in genetics. From 1968 to 1983 he collaborated with noted Geneticist Salomé Glüecksohn-Waelsch of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, until the 1980s when illness prevented him from continuing. In 1976 Carl received the Laurea honoris causa in Medicine from the University of Trieste. Carl shares a star with Gerty on the St. Louis Walk of Fame


While at the Institute the Coris’ research focused on carbohydrate metabolism, leading to the definition of the Cori cycle in 1929. In 1931 Carl accepted a position at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Carl joined as professor of pharmacology and in 1942 was made professor of biochemistry. In St. Louis, the Cori's continued their research on glycogen and glucose and began to describe glycogenolysis, identifying and synthesizing the important enzyme glycogen phosphorylase. For these discoveries, they received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1947.

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