Famous Scientists

You may have heard the names Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie before, but do you know what they contributed to science? Here you can learn about some of the most famous scientists in the world.

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Ruth Hubbard

Hubbard, Ruth (1924-) is an Austrian-born American biologist and biochemist whose contributions to the study of the biochemistry and photochemistry of vision in vertebrates and invertebrates have greatly advanced the understanding of the field.

Salvador Edward Luria

Luria, Salvador Edward (1912-1991), an Italian-born American biologist, shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with German-born American biophysicist Max Delbrück and American biologist Alfred D.

Selman Abraham Waksman

Waksman, Selman Abraham (1888-1973), a Russian-born United States microbiologist.

Sewall Green Wright

Wright, Sewall Green (1889-1988), was an American geneticist who greatly influenced the fields of genetics (the study of heredity) and evolutionary biology.

Seymour Benzer

Benzer, Seymour (1921-), an American geneticist, is one of the founders of modern behavioral geneties.

Sidney Altman

Altman, Sidney (1939-), a Canadian-born American molecular biologist, transformed scientific thought about how living cells work and how life began millions of years ago.

Stanford Moore

Moore, Stanford (1913-1982) was an American biochemist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in chemistry with American scientist William Howard Stein for their pioneering research into the structure and chemistry of proteins.

Stephen Jay Gould

Gould, Stephen Jay (1941-2002), a United States paleontologist, educator, and author.

Theobald Smith

Smith, Theobald (1859-1934), a United States pathologist. His investigations of infectious diseases led to the discovery, with F.

Thomas Huckle Weller

Weller, Thomas Huckle (1915-), an American virologist, was one of the first scientists to grow the poliomyelitis virus on tissues outside the body.

Thomas Hunt Morgan

Morgan, Thomas Hunt (1866-1945), a United States geneticist. During 1909-15, Morgan and his assistants discovered three essential principles of genetics-sex linkage, linkage and crossing over, and sex determination.

Vincent Du Vigneaud

Du Vigneaud, d$uY vēn'yō, Vincent (1901-1978), a United States biochemist. He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his isolation and synthesis of oxytocin, a hormone important in childbirth, and vasopressin, a hormone that regulates blood pressure.

Roger Revelle

Revelle, Roger (1900-1991), was an American oceanographer, a scientist who studies the ocean.

Donald Culross Peattie

Peattie, Donald Culross (1898-1964), a United States botanist and author. His nature writings are marked by poetic prose, sage philosophy, and scientific accuracy.

Alexander Wetmore

Wetmore, Alexander (1886-1978), a United States museum official and authority on birds.

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