Sarah Elizabeth Stewart, Cancer Researcher (1905-1976)

Scientist who showed that cancer-triggering viruses could spread from one animal to another, including humans.  Born in the Mexican state of Jalisco, her family fled to the US during the Mexican Revolution.  After receiving her doctorate, she taught at Georgetown University, taking medical school classes because women were not admitted to its medical school in that era. She graduated as the first female graduate of the medical school.  Along with her Baltimore Marine Hospital colleague, Beatrice E. Eddy, she pioneered the field of Viral Oncology.

Obituary: Sarah Elizabeth Stewart (1906-1976).”  JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, October 1977: 1039-1040.  Accessed 26 December 2021.

Chavira. “Sarah Elizabeth Stewart: Class of 1927, 1961.” (President’s webpage), Office of the President. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 10 April 2014. Accessed 26 December 2021.

Sarah Stewart (cancer researcher).Wikipedia (webpage).  Accessed 26 December 2021.