On November 30, 1919, Jane Cooke Wright was born as the daughter of a renowned physician, Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright. She came from a long line of medical individuals. Her father was the first African American to become a staff physician at an NYC hospital.
Welcome home, Jane!
Private Ethical Culture Elementary School
Wright excelled in math and science even at a young age.
She studied the reactions of different drugs and chemotherapy techniques on tumors. In 1951, she and her team had some success in using the drug methotrexate in destroying some breast cancer cells. Dr. Wright was the highest ranked African American women at a nationally recognized institution. She created a program for studying types of cancer. heart diseases, and stroke, while also teaching doctors how to use chemo. Afterward, she helped find the American society of clinical oncology. And also became the New York Cancer Society's first women president.
Wright was one of the first to be successful in the cancer research society, so she evolved any further research of cancer drugs and cures.
Thanks, Dr. Wright!
Wright shaped the future for African Americans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Thank you, Dr. Wright!
She also helped shape the future for future generations of females in the medical field, no matter the race.