Yellapragada Subbarao was born on 12th January 1895 in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh and died on 8th August 1948 in US at the age of 53 years. He was an Indian Biochemist and he became famous in 1945, for the discovery of a broad spectrum Antibiotic Aureomycin and Tetracycline.
Yellapragada Subbarao was spent most of his career in the United States. He joined as a junior faculty member in Harvard when he earned his diploma from the Harvard Medical School. A fungus genus has been named Subbaromyces in his honour. Yellapragada Subbarao started wearing khadi surgical dress when Mahatma Gandhi gave call to Swadeshi Movement.
Yellapragada Subbarao discovered the function of Phosphocreatine and Adenosine Triphosphate in muscular activity, Folic Acid as a cure for Tropical Sprue, Methotrexate is a chemotherapy drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Di Ethyl Carbamazine for the treatment of Filariasis and also developed Methotrexate for the treatment of Cancer.
Yellapragada Subbarao obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1930. He developed a method for the estimation of phosphorus in body fluids and tissues. He developed a method to synthesize folic acid as a protective agent against Anaemia and also developed a method to synthesize Vitamin B9.