Today’s Birthday: James B. Sumner

It's November 19, and on this date 125 years ago, chemist James B. Sumner was born.  A Harvard graduate, Sumner did his research at another Ivy League school, Cornell.  It was there that he worked with an enzyme called urease and proved it was a protein, which was an important breakthrough at the time.  He went on to do additional research in the crystallization of enzymes, and that research earned him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946.  The American School has offered Chemistry for years, but recently we introduced a Lab version of that course for those students who are interested in making chemistry come to life in their own home.  The Chemistry Lab course is another example of our Curriculum department adapting to the needs of our students, and more adaptations and updates are in the works as we move closer to 2013!