Joseph Pattinson, MD, was born in London, England, in 1881. He was raised in Canada and became a U.S. citizen in 1906. After completing his medical training in London, he became a physician in Newport, Massachusetts. His first wife, Bessie, died in 1924, and in 1926 he married Anna Belle Cope. Anna Belle died in 1965. Pattinson then married his third wife, Barbara, in 1966, but the couple divorced in 1970. In 1972, he married his fourth wife, Margaret, and the couple worked together to establish the Joseph P. Pattinson Research Foundation, which funds cancer research projects. Sadly, Joseph Pattinson died on September 20, 1977, at the age of 78. He had been actively involved in medical research his entire life and had devoted many of his time and talents to finding a cure for cancer. In addition to his wife and daughters, Joseph Pattinson is survived by his brothers, Edward and James. Edward, a former physician, and James, a chemical engineer, also assisted their uncle in his research efforts. His passion for research and discovery led to many significant discoveries that improved and saved the lives of countless people. He is greatly missed by his family and friends but will forever be remembered for his brilliant mind and extraordinary contribution to science.

Research And Discovery

From the very beginning of his career, Joseph Pattinson was fascinated with research and the quest for knowledge. He was born into an elite family of scientists; both of his parents were avid researchers and encouraged their children to pursue scientific studies. They also funded many of their children’s scientific research projects. Even as a young child, he was fascinated by science and spent many of his time poring over old volumes of scientific journals. These days, he is best known for discovering vitamins A and D, which are both vital for the human body’s immune system. He also discovered the anti-cancer properties of fluorouracil and the anticancer drug fludarabine. All these breakthroughs led to the development of many new and improved pharmaceuticals. As a testament to his lifelong commitment to science, his family’s estate is now the Joseph P. Pattinson Research Foundation, which funds cancer research.

Vitamins A And D

As a young boy, Joseph Pattinson was sent to boarding school in England, where he spent four years receiving a classical education. It was there that he discovered the joy of reading and became fascinated with Greek and Latin classics. He continued his education in Europe when he attended the University of Vienna, from which he received his MD in 1909. After finishing his medical training, he settled in New York and began practicing medicine. It was while practicing that he was introduced to vitamines A and D, which are both fat-soluble vitamins that contribute to maintaining a healthy immune system. Since their discovery, vitamins A and D have both been used in the treatment of a wide range of cancers. They are also crucial for human reproduction and development and are necessary for proper nerve function and vision. The combination of these nutrients is now referred to as ‘the golden combination’ because of its many health benefits!


The most significant discovery by Joseph Pattinson was the anti-cancer drug fluorouracil. This drug is now used to treat a wide range of cancers including breast, lung, and colon cancers. It was originally derived from a natural chemical, fluoro-alpha-L-galactose, which was first discovered in the 1940s by Norman Garwood of the University of London. In addition to its many beneficial uses, fluorouracil can also be toxic to human cells, which means it has the potential to cause cancerous cell death. However, under normal circumstances, this is extremely unlikely because the body will usually rid itself of any damaged or unwanted cells through natural processes, such as digestion or excretion. Since fluorouracil kills cells in both cancerous and non-cancerous situations, it is classified as a type of ‘fungicide’.


Another significant discovery by Joseph Pattinson was fludarabine. This drug is an analogue of arabinosyl cytosine, which is another important anti-cancer drug. Like arabinosyl cytosine, it is a nucleotide synthetase inhibitor, which essentially means it prevents cells from producing their own nucleotides. As a result, fludarabine depletes the supply of nucleotides available to a cell, which leads to its demise. Like other nucleotide synthetase inhibitors, it shows great promise in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma, which are cancers of the blood. It is also helpful in preventing graft-versus-host disease, which occurs when blood-derived cells are transplanted into a patient with a weakened immune system. Because of its effectiveness in treating certain types of cancer, fludarabine is now widely used and is an important part of many treatment regimens.

These discoveries were made possible due to meticulous and extensive research, coupled with his brilliant mind and exceptional knowledge of medicine and chemistry. Because of his incredible contribution to science, he is credited with the development of many lifesaving drugs. Sadly, Joseph Pattinson only lived to see some of his greatest discoveries come to fruition. The drugs he worked on and developed, while significant, did not always prove effective and many proved to be rather toxic. Regardless, he continued researching and experimenting until his death in September 1977 at the age of 78.

Joseph Pattinson wrote several scientific papers during his lifetime, but he is best known for his many books. He was also an active member of many professional medical organizations and held many leadership positions. He was elected president of the American Society of Biological Chemists in 1940 and served in that capacity until his death. In addition, he was a trustee of the University of California and the Regents of the University of California. However, his most significant contribution to science was made through his medical and research work. He made many discoveries that improved and saved the lives of countless people, and in honor of this extraordinary man, we salute and honor his remarkable life and achievements. May he rest in peace.