On This Day In Alabama History: Southern Research Received Its Charter

| October 11, 2017 @ 5:01 am

By Graydon Rust
Alabama 200

October 11, 1941

The Southern Research Institute in Birmingham received its charter. Established in 1944 as the first independent scientific research center in the Southeast, the institute employs nearly 500 scientists and engineers working on projects in a variety of areas. Now known as Southern Research, the institute is credited with developing seven FDA-approved cancer treatment drugs, has screened 75 percent of all FDA-approved anti-viral drugs, and is working with NASA to develop the James Webb Space Telescope and to launch manned missions to Mars. The organization was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2005.

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