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Alexander S. Wiener
Born (1907-03-16)March 16, 1907
Died November 6, 1976(1976-11-06) (aged 69)
New York City
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell University
Known for discovery of Rhesus factor
Spouse(s) Gertrude Rodman
Children Jane Einhorn, Barbara Krevit
Awards Albert Lasker Award for clinical research awarded jointly with Karl Landsteiner and Philip Levine for their work on the Rhesus factor, HDN and blood transfusion
Scientific career
Fields
  • forensic medicine
  • serology
  • blood transfusion

Alexander Solomon Wiener (March 16, 1907 – November 6, 1976), a lifelong resident of New York City, was recognized internationally for his contributions to medicine. He was a leader in the fields of forensic medicine, serology, and immunogenetics. His pioneer work led to discovery of the Rh factor in 1937, along with Dr. Karl Landsteiner, and subsequently to the development of exchange transfusion methods that saved the lives of countless infants with hemolytic disease of the newborn. He received a Lasker Award for his achievement in 1946.

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