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Professor Mansukh C. Wani, Ph.D. is a principal scientist (emeritus) at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. He is co-discoverer of Taxol and camptothecin, two anti-cancer drugs considered standard in the treatment to fight ovarian, breast, lung and colon cancers. In 2000, Dr. Wani received an award for applied research in medicine, the Charles F. Kettering Prize, from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation.[1]

Mansukh C. Wani
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Monroe Eliot Wall and Mansukh Wani (Left)
NationalityIndian American
Alma materUniversity of Bombay (Bachelor's, Master's)
Indiana University Bloomington (PhD)
OccupationMedicinal chemist

Dr. Wani was born in Nandurbar, Maharashtra, India. He attended the University of Bombay, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1947 (in chemistry) and a master's in 1950 (in organic chemistry). He moved to the United States in 1958, and received his PhD from Indiana University Bloomington in 1962, when he joined Research Triangle Institute.[2] He currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.


  1. ^ National Cancer Institute: - Profile: Mansukh C. Wani
  2. ^ "Mansukh C. Wani, Ph.D." MEDI Hall of Fame Inductees. ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry. 2013. Retrieved 2017-07-07.

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