Happy 75th to the Wellcome Trust!

Sir Henry Wellcome. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images. images@wellcome.ac.uk http://images.wellcome.ac.uk

Here’s to the British foundation, the Wellcome Trust, on the occasion of their 75th birthday.

The Trust has been supporting scientific research, public understanding of science, and science policy since its establishment on 25 July 1936 with proceeds from the will of Sir Henry Wellcome. Wellcome was an American who moved to England with his schoolmate, Silas Burroughs, to establish the Burroughs-Wellcome pharmaceutical company.

George Hitchings and Trudy Elion. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images. images@wellcome.ac.uk

The two trained at my alma mater, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (later, “and Science”), and Burroughs-Wellcome in the US was home to the Nobel prize-winning work of Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings (Physiology or Medicine, 1988).

A US extension of the Trust, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, was established in 1955 but became a completely independent entity in 1993 with a gift from the Trust.

The Trust has a gorgeous series of articles and this timeline that describe their history and accomplishments.

Well done, mates!

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