|Birth||May 7, 1899|
|1921||B.S., University of California|
M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;|
Fellow, Harvard University Medical School
Research Associate, Harvard University Medical School;|
Tutor, biochemical sciences, Radcliffe College
Research Associate in Pharmacology, Washington|
University, St. Louis, MO
|1945||Staff Member, Research Division, Cleveland Clinic|
|1953||McCollum-Pratt Institute of Johns Hopkins|
|Death||January 22, 1958|
Posthumously awarded the Garvan Medal of the|
American Chemical Society
Arda Green not only contributed to the Coris' Nobel Prize-winning research with her work on enzymes, but her methods also influenced the eventual synthesis of RNA and DNA. And it was Arda Green who unlocked the secret of what makes fireflies glow.
Arda Green, one of the best examples of the phrase "the woman behind the man," was born in Prospect, Pennsylvania, in 1899. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with the highest honors in chemistry and honors in philosophy. For one year she pursued graduate studies in philosophy, then decided to go into medicine instead. She studied for two years at Berkeley until a professor, Herbert M. Evans, encouraged her to interrupt the standard medical curriculum for a year of research at Harvard University Medical School.
At Harvard, Green worked in the laboratory of Edwin J. Cohn. After finishing her time there, she had so impressed Cohn that he helped obtain for her a Leconte memorial fellowship upon her return to the University of California. After completing the fellowship she transferred to Johns Hopkins, where she received her M.D. degree in 1927. While there, she had the opportunity to work with biochemist Leonor Michaelis on the conductivity of electrolytes within membranes, and she published her first article.