Beyond Curie—a design project celebrating women in STEM
They changed history and the world often without recogntiion
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Youyou Tu

Professor of 3 No's

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YouYou Tu is a Chinese pharmacologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for her discovery of artemisinin, a compound used to treat malaria, isolated from the sweet wormwood plant often found in Chinese Traditional Medicine. When others wanted to abandon the research, she found a solution in a millennium-old recipe. She also first tested the compound on herself! She has saved millions of lives with her groundbreaking work and is often referred to as the professor of 3 No’s: no post-graduate degree, no research abroad experience and no affiliation with any Chinese national academies.