June Almeida, scientist who identified the first coronavirus


Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. With no money to pay for college in post-World War II Scotland, 16-year-old June Almeida took an entry-level job in the histology department of a Glasgow hospital, where she learned to examine tissue under a microscope for signs of disease.

It was a fortuitous move, for her and for science. In 1966, nearly two decades later, she used a powerful electron microscope to capture an image of a mysterious pathogen.

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