North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mildred Rebstock

Class Year: 
1942

Chemistry, Zoology major

A few notable inventions and discoveries occurred in 1947. The Polaroid camera. The microwave oven. Chloromycetin.

Chloromycetin might not be a household word like the others, but it was one of the great scientific achievements of that era. Developed by Mildred Rebstock, it was the world’s first synthetically engineered antibiotic that could be mass produced quickly and cheaply, and the first drug to work against typhoid fever and other diseases. Rebstock graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a degree in chemistry.