A name I had not heard of before, but one that I should be grateful to, as E. Donnall Thomas was one of the pioneers in bone marrow and stem cell transplants, starting in the 1960s and 1970s. He practised at Seattle’s Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Centre. Some good obits below. Quote:
“He was brilliant, he was incredibly generous and he was quick to deflect praise from himself to the individuals around him,” [Fred] Appelbaum said.
“At the same time, while he was quiet and modest, he was stubborn,” he added. “He believed in what he was doing and he was going to make it happen. It’s hard to imagine today how hard it was to make this reality because it was against the prevailing medical wisdom.”