Dr. George Gomori

1904 – 1957

George Gomori was born in Budapest in 1904.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Budapest in 1928 and Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Chicago in 1943 and became Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1949.

Gomori’s ground breaking contributions to histochemical research drew attention in 1939 with the publication of his classical paper on the localization of alkaline phosphatase.  His investigations were extended to methods for localization of other hydrolases and methods for the tissue localization of organic radicals.  He published almost 100 papers on the methods and applications of histological and histochemical techniques.

George Gomori was a founder of The Histochemical Society.  He served on the Society’s first Council in 1950 and served as President in 1957. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

In many ways, George Gomori shaped the culture and academic discipline of Histochemistry and cytochemistry.  He was instrumental in the development of histochemistry and cytochemistry as a valid investigational approach in both cell biology and pathology.

The George Gomori Award of The Histochemical Society honors George Gomori, a founder of The Histochemical Society, and pioneer of the field of histochemistry and cytochemistry.