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Thomas Hunt Morgan

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Birthplace: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charlton Hunt Morgan, (CSA), Counsel at Messina and Ellen Key Morgan
Husband of Lilian Vaughan Sampson
Father of Howard Key Morgan; Edith Sampson Morgan; Lilian Vaughan Morgan and Isabel Merrick Morgan
Brother of Charlton Hunt Morgan, Jr. and Ellen Key Howard Morgan

Occupation: evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist
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About Thomas Hunt Morgan, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1933

Thomas Hunt Morgan was an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist, and science author who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933 for discoveries elucidating the role that the chromosome plays in heredity.

Morgan received his Ph.D. 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 demonstrated that genes are carried on chromosomes and are the mechanical basis of heredity. These discoveries formed the basis of the modern science of genetics.

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

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Thomas Hunt Morgan, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1933's Timeline

1866
September 25, 1866
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
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, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Johns Hopkins, PhD
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