Élie Metchnikoff

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Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, also written as Élie Metchnikoff (15 May 184515 July 1916) was a Russian zoologist best known for his pioneering research in immunology. He and Paul Ehrlich were jointly awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


  • The duration of the life of men may be considerably increased. It would be true progress to go back to the simple dishes of our ancestors. … Progress would consist in simplifying many sides of the lives of civilised people.
    • Quoted in Strength and Diet by Francis Albert Rollo Russell (London: Longmans, Green, & Co, 1905), p. 2.

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