Yellapragada Subbarow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

August 13, 2016

Yellapragada Subbarow (12 January 1895 – 8 August 1948) was an Indianbiochemist who discovered the function of adenosine triphosphate as an energy source in the cell, and developed methotrexate for the treatment of cancer. Most of his career was spent in the United States. Despite his isolation of ATP, Subbarow was denied tenure at Harvard[1][2] though he would lead some of America’s most important medical research during World War II. Subbarow died in the United States.[3] Subbarow is also credited with the first synthesis of the chemical compounds folic acid and methotrexate.