Edward Tatum

1909 - 1975

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Edward Lawrie Tatum (December 14, 1909 – November 5, 1975) was an American geneticist. He shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1958 with George Beadle for showing that genes control individual steps in metabolism. The other half of that year's award went to Joshua Lederberg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Tatum has received more than 94,647 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Edward Tatum is the 106th most popular biologist (up from 174th in 2019), the 1,027th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,740th in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Biologist.

Edward Tatum was an American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1958 for his work on the structure of proteins.

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Among biologists, Edward Tatum ranks 106 out of 1,097Before him are Oliver Smithies, John Franklin Enders, Jean Dausset, Nettie Stevens, Thomas Huckle Weller, and Louis Agassiz. After him are Jan Swammerdam, Julian Huxley, Nikolay Pirogov, Georg Forster, Alfred Hershey, and John Gurdon.

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Among people born in 1909, Edward Tatum ranks 35Before him are Errol Flynn, Fred Perry, John Fante, Oldřich Nejedlý, Jessica Tandy, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. After him are Miep Gies, Matt Busby, Ernst vom Rath, Leo Fender, Alain Poher, and Hélder Câmara. Among people deceased in 1975, Edward Tatum ranks 30Before him are Jimmy Hoffa, Eisaku Satō, Paul Keres, Latife Uşşaki, Éamon de Valera, and Pavel Sukhoi. After him are Julian Huxley, József Mindszenty, Chivu Stoica, Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, Gottlob Berger, and Dong Biwu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edward Tatum ranks 1,027 out of 20,380Before him are Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), John Searle (1932), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Paul Allen (1953), Cass Elliot (1941), and Michael Jai White (1967). After him are Thomas Wolfe (1900), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Mary Jackson (1921), Forest Whitaker (1961), Leon Festinger (1919), and Philip Warren Anderson (1923).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Edward Tatum ranks 17Before him are Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), John B. Calhoun (1917), Lynn Margulis (1938), John Franklin Enders (1897), Nettie Stevens (1861), and Thomas Huckle Weller (1915). After him are Alfred Hershey (1908), Carl Woese (1928), Edward B. Lewis (1918), E. O. Wilson (1929), Gerald Edelman (1929), and Hamilton O. Smith (1931).