Famous Geneticists

  • Linus Pauling and the Discovery of DNA

    Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was one of the most brilliant scientists of the 20th century. He worked out the structure of proteins and was involved in the race to discover the structure of DNA. That this eminent and visionary chemist failed to spot...
    By Paul Arnold November 16, 2009 

  • Oswald Avery and a Big Moment in the History of Genetics

    The history of genetics has been created by many brilliant scientists. However, all the attention goes to only a few big names such as Crick and Watson. Oswald Avery is one of the unsung heroes of genetics, and it was his work in 1944 that concluded...
    By Paul Arnold September 11, 2009 

  • Profile of Barbara McClintock

    Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), who focused on maize genetics, studied the transposition of genes on chromosomes during breeding. McClintock won awards throughout her career, culminating in the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Her insights...
    By Jessica Gross September 3, 2009 


  • Watson & Crick and the Discovery of the Double Helix

    How did the discovery of the structure of DNA come about, and what steps led to this discovery?
    By Emma Lloyd October 26, 2008 

  • Francis Crick and DNA

    One of the world's most famous geneticists, Francis Crick was the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1962 for his work on revealing the structure of DNA. It was a discovery that changed humanity's view of itself and of the natural...
    By Ricky October 13, 2008 

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