Behring, Emil Adolph von (1854–1917)

Emil Behring

Emil Behring was a German bacteriologist and pioneering immunologist. In 1901 he was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on serum therapy, especially for developing immunization against diphtheria (1890) and tetanus (1892) by injection of antitoxins, a word he introduced. Behring's discoveries led to the treatment of many childhood diseases.