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Alfred Hershey

1908 - 1997

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Alfred Day Hershey (December 4, 1908 – May 22, 1997) was an American Nobel Prize–winning bacteriologist and geneticist. He was born in Owosso, Michigan and received his B.S. in chemistry at Michigan State University in 1930 and his Ph.D. in bacteriology in 1934, taking a position shortly thereafter at the Department of Bacteriology at Washington University in St. Louis.Around 1943, Hershey met bacteriophage researchers Max Delbrück, then at Vanderbilt University, and Salvador Luria at Columbia University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Hershey has received more than 179,992 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Alfred Hershey is the 82nd most popular biologist (up from 87th in 2019), the 943rd most popular biography from United States (up from 975th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Biologist.

Alfred Hershey is most famous for inventing the Hershey Kiss.

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Among biologists, Alfred Hershey ranks 82 out of 841Before him are Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Jan Swammerdam, Gabriele Falloppio, and Carolus Clusius. After him are Elizabeth Blackburn, E. O. Wilson, André Michel Lwoff, John Gurdon, Werner Arber, and Bernard Katz.

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Among people born in 1908, Alfred Hershey ranks 42Before him are Willard Libby, John Kenneth Galbraith, Balthus, Cesare Pavese, Ilya Frank, and Joseph Rotblat. After him are Günther Prien, Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, Arthur Adamov, Józef Gosławski, Victor Ambartsumian, and Martha Gellhorn. Among people deceased in 1997, Alfred Hershey ranks 40Before him are Otto Ernst Remer, Helenio Herrera, Zoltán Czibor, Shoichi Yokoi, Dodi Fayed, and John Eccles. After him are Nikolai Tikhonov, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, John Kendrew, John Denver, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Charles Brenton Huggins.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alfred Hershey ranks 943 out of 18,182Before him are Whoopi Goldberg (1955), George Jung (1942), Forest Whitaker (1961), Albert Pike (1809), Roy J. Glauber (1925), and Pat Garrett (1850). After him are Stan Getz (1927), Laura Bush (1946), C. Wright Mills (1916), E. O. Wilson (1929), Calamity Jane (1852), and Ali MacGraw (1939).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Alfred Hershey ranks 12Before him are Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), and Irwin Rose (1926). After him are E. O. Wilson (1929), Thomas Huckle Weller (1915), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Davis Snell (1903), Norman Borlaug (1914), and Edward B. Lewis (1918).