Native Montrealer: co-winner of Nobel medicine award
The Nobel committee announced earlier in the day that three researchers in immunology would receive this year's award for medicine. But for several hours after the announcement, Steinman's award was in limbo. He died of pancreatic cancer on Friday and the committee does not usually honour people posthumously.
Our listeners debated the issue - most arguing that he should still be honoured. On our program, we also heard from an old fraternity friend, and a McGill teacher who explained how Steinman used his own research to battle his cancer.
FYI An hour after our program went to air, the Nobel committee decided that Ralph Steinman should, indeed, receive his award.