Charles Drew

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  • Charles Drew
  • Importance
  • Accomplished
  • Excellence of performance will transcend artificial barriers created by man.
  • Charles Richard Drew was born on June 3, 1904. His birthplace was Washington D.C. Growing up, Charles won many medals for swimming. Drew went to Columbia University, McGill University, and Amherst College. Charles passed away from injuires due to a car crash. Charles was only 45 years old when he died.
  • Charles Drew processed and preserved blood plasma, blood without cells. The plasma can be dried and reconstructed when needed. He made blood banks. Also he participated in "Blood for Britain", during this he shipped over seas blocks of blood for the injured during World War II.
  • In his lifetime, Drew created the first two blood banks. He was the first African American examiner for the American Board of Surgery. In 1943 he won the Spingarn Medal for "the highest and noblest achievement". He collected about 14,500 pints of blood. Lastly he was the first African American to earn a degree from Columbia.
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