Fe Del Mundo Biography, Contribution To Science

Fe Del Mundo is a Filipino scientist and pediatrician. She is the first Filipino woman to be conferred the title National Scientist and also the first Filipino woman to be enrolled at Harvard University Medical School.

Personal Information
Full Name : Fe Del Mundo
Birth Date : November 27, 1911
Died : August 6, 2011
Birthplace : Manila, Philippines

Education
College : University of the Philippines (1933)
Course : Medicine
Post Graduate : Harvard Medical School (Pediatrics), Boston University (Bacteriology)
* Trained at Billings Hospital of the University of Chicago

Career Highlights
1942 – Joined the International Red Cross and volunteered to care for children-internees at the University of Santo Tomas
1943 – Helped established a children’s hospital (Now Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center)
* Faculty Member, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University
1957 – Inaugurated her privately-owned Children’s Medical Center later renamed as Fe del Mundo Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Contribution to Science
* Devised an Incubator made of bamboo for use in the rural areas
* Research studies on diseases like dengue fever, polio, and measles

Book(s) Published
Pediatrics Textbook

Awards
1966 – Elizabeth Blackwell Award for Outstanding Service to Mankind by Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1977 – Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service
1980 – National Scientist of the Philippines
2010 – Order of Lakandula (one of the highest honors given by the Republic of the Philippines)

RELATED: List of Filipino Scientists and Their Contributions To Science
See also: List of Famous Filipino Authors and Their Books
See also: List of Philippine Presidents and Vice Presidents

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