The expansion of lungs for oxygen uptake is facilitated by lung surfactant. The groundbreaking discovery of this substance was made by Dr. John Clements. In this Discovery Talk, Clements details his scientific journey, touching on his early research, the resistance he encountered in the field, and the discovery of lung surfactant, which has saved millions of neonatal lives.
John A. Clements was born in 1923. He went to undergraduate and medical school at Cornell University before joining the Army Chemical Center in Maryland. At the Army Chemical Center, Dr. Clements started studying lung physiology which lead him to discovering surfactant. Dr. Clements joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in… Continue Reading