Cora Downs, PhD

Year Inducted


Career Field



  • 1959: Developed a pioneering fluorescent antibody staining technique
  • Rickettsia research described in 1958 Encyclopedia Britannica under section “significant science progress”
  • Conducted top-secret service during World War II with the U.S. Army Biological Laboratories
  • International Women’s Year Award for Health Protection of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare
  • Portrait hangs in International Gallery of Medical Honor of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Moscow
  • 1964: received KU’s highest honor, the Citation for Distinguished Service