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Frederick Griffith

1879 - 1941

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Frederick Griffith (1877–1941) was a British bacteriologist whose focus was the epidemiology and pathology of bacterial pneumonia. In January 1928 he reported what is now known as Griffith's Experiment, the first widely accepted demonstrations of bacterial transformation, whereby a bacterium distinctly changes its form and function.He showed that Streptococcus pneumoniae, implicated in many cases of lobar pneumonia, could transform from one strain into a different strain. The observation was attributed to an unidentified underlying principle, later known in the Avery laboratory as the "transforming principle" (abbreviated as T. P.) and identified as DNA. America's leading pneumococcal researcher, Oswald T. Avery, speculated that Griffith had failed to apply adequate controls. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frederick Griffith has received more than 392,896 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Frederick Griffith is the 131st most popular physician, the 740th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 744th in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Physician.

Frederick Griffith was a British bacteriologist who discovered that bacteria could pass on genes to one another.

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Among physicians, Frederick Griffith ranks 131 out of 502Before him are Niels Kaj Jerne, Santorio Santorio, Albrecht von Haller, Joseph Murray, Carl Wernicke, and Francysk Skaryna. After him are Charles Brenton Huggins, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Jens Christian Skou, Marie François Xavier Bichat, Robin Cook, and Haldan Keffer Hartline.

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Among people born in 1879, Frederick Griffith ranks 31Before him are An Jung-geun, Franz Reichelt, Victor Sjöström, Joseph Wirth, Fritz Haarmann, and Henri Giraud. After him are Hans Lammers, E. M. Forster, Chen Duxiu, Pál Teleki, Aleksandar Stamboliyski, and Karl Bühler. Among people deceased in 1941, Frederick Griffith ranks 34Before him are Prajadhipok, Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli, Günther Prien, Gottfried Feder, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Christian Rakovsky. After him are Émile Bernard, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Kurt Koffka, Louis Chevrolet, Dmitry Pavlov, and Günther Lütjens.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Frederick Griffith ranks 740 out of 7,765Before him are Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519), Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765), Samuel Richardson (1689), Catherine of Lancaster (1373), Arthur Cayley (1821), and Pat Hitchcock (1928). After him are Margaret Rutherford (1892), Harry Kroto (1939), Derek Jacobi (1938), Bruce Chatwin (1940), Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443), and Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430).

Among PHYSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among physicians born in United Kingdom, Frederick Griffith ranks 10Before him are James Parkinson (1755), Robert Edwards (1925), Elizabeth Blackwell (1821), Edgar Adrian (1889), John Snow (1813), and Niels Kaj Jerne (1911). After him are Mungo Park (1771), John Langdon Down (1828), Alan Hodgkin (1914), Thomas Willis (1621), Hans Sloane (1660), and James Black (1924).