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Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov
Ilya Mechnikov, 1908
|Born||16 May 1845
|Died||16 July 1916|
|Alma mater||University of Kharkoff|
|Awards||Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1908)|
|Institutions||Institut Pasteur, Paris, France|
Mechnikov was a protozoologist who became better known for the discovery of macrophages in 1882. He discovered how they dealt with germs by phagocytosis. Macrophages are found in virtually all tissues, and patrol for potential pathogens by amoeboid movement.
He is also credited with coining the term gerontology in 1903, for the emerging study of ageing and longevity.
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