A physiology professor at the time, Sutherland wins the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine “for his discoveries concerning the mechanisms of the action of hormones.”

This development would play a key role in establishing Vanderbilt University Medical Center as one of the nation’s leading medical research institutions.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Sutherland also wins the Albert Lasker Award for basic medical research in 1970 and receives the National Medal of Science in 1973. He is also elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1966.