The Nobel Prize for Medicine
Montreal-born scientist dies before Nobel honour
Nobel committee unaware of recipient's recent death
Posted: Oct 3, 2011 5:54 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 3, 2011 10:20 AM ET
"Montreal-born scientist Ralph Steinman was announced as the co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday, but the news was immediately overshadowed by word of his death on Friday.
"Steinman and two other scientists were announced as winners of the Nobel in medicine. Nobel committee member Goran Hansson said the committee didn't know Steinman was dead when it chose him as a winner and was looking through its regulations.
"The Rockefeller University is delighted that the Nobel Foundation has recognized Ralph Steinman for his seminal discoveries concerning the body's immune responses," Rockefeller University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement.
"But the news is bittersweet, as we also learned this morning from Ralph's family that he passed a few days ago after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Ralph's wife, children and family."
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