November 18, 1908
Scientist Charles D. Kochakian was born in Massachusetts. A pioneer in the field of endocrinology, Kochakian worked as a professor of biochemistry and physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for more than 40 years. He is best known for discovering the connection between the male hormone testosterone and muscle mass, for research on the relationship between growth hormones and cancer, and for the development of anabolic steroids. Kochakian later served as a consultant for numerous companies, including the World Wrestling Foundation. He is honored by awards established in his name by the University of Rochester and the University of Alabama to fund medical research.
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