Thomas Hunt Morgan, MD (1866 - 1945) MP

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Birthplace: Lexington, KY, USA
Death: Died in Pasadena, CA
Occupation: 1933 Nobel prize winning biologist
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About Thomas Hunt Morgan, MD

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Thomas Hunt Morgan (September 25, 1866 – December 4, 1945) was an American embryologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933 for discoveries relating the role the chromosome plays in heredity.

Morgan received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in zoology in 1890 and researched embryology during his tenure at Bryn Mawr. Following the rediscovery of Mendelian inheritance in 1900, Morgan's research moved to the study of mutation in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In his famous Fly Room at Columbia University Morgan was able to demonstrate that genes are carried on chromosomes and are the mechanical basis of heredity. These discoveries formed the basis of the modern science of genetics. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize, he was the first person awarded the Prize in genetics.

During his distinguished career, Morgan wrote 22 books and 370 scientific papers, and, as a result of his work, Drosophila became a major model organism in contemporary genetics. The Division of Biology he established at the California Institute of Technology produced seven Nobel Prize winners.

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Thomas Hunt Morgan, Nobel Prize Winner's Timeline

1866
September 25, 1866
Lexington, KY, USA
1904
June 6, 1904
Age 37
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1906
February 22, 1906
Age 39
1907
June 25, 1907
Age 40
1910
January 5, 1910
Age 43
1911
August 20, 1911
Age 44
New Bedford, MA, USA
1945
December 4, 1945
Age 79
Pasadena, CA
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Johns Hopkins, PhD
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