Ernest Beutler was born in 1928 in Berlin, Germany.
He received his medical degree in 1950 from the University of Chicago when he
was twenty one. He began his research career in medical school studying
influenza in mice. He went on to serve in the army as a Medical Officer and
worked on malaria and primaquine research on prisoners. He returned to the
University of Chicago as an instructor and he researched Glucose-6-Phosphate
Dehydrogenase Deficiency while there formulating the glutathione stability
test. In 1959 he moved to the City of Hope National Medical Center, a clinical
research hospital, as Chairman of the Department of Medicine. He went on to
study X chromosome inactivation and established a marrow transplant program at
City of Hope. He moved to Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation (now the
Scripps Research Institute) in 1979 as chair of the Department of Clinical
Research and studied many hematological diseases such as Gaucher’s disease,
hairy cell leukemia. He was also president of the American Society of
Hematology in 1979. He was Chair of the Department of Molecular and
Experimental Medicine until a month before his death in 2008.