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Maclyn McCarty

1911 - 2005

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Maclyn McCarty (June 9, 1911 – January 2, 2005) was an American geneticist, a research scientist described in 2005 as "the last surviving member of a Manhattan scientific team that overturned medical dogma in the 1940s and became the first to demonstrate that genes were made of DNA." He had worked at Rockefeller University "for more than 60 years." 1994 marked 50 years since this work's release.McCarty devoted his life as a physician-scientist to studying infectious disease organisms, and was best known for his part in the monumental discovery that DNA, rather than protein, constituted the chemical nature of a gene. Uncovering the molecular secret of the gene in question — that for the capsular polysaccharide of pneumococcal bacteria — led the way to studying heredity not only through genetics but also through chemistry. The team responsible for this feat is known as the Avery–MacLeod–McCarty experiment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maclyn McCarty has received more than 89,643 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Maclyn McCarty is the 456th most popular chemist (down from 418th in 2019), the 5,809th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,853rd in 2019) and the 81st most popular American Chemist.

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Among chemists, Maclyn McCarty ranks 456 out of 509Before him are Hugo Schiff, Hermann Wilhelm Vogel, Per Teodor Cleve, Carl Remigius Fresenius, Julia Lermontova, and Albert Kluyver. After him are Hans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen, Ludwig Mond, Carl Jacob Löwig, Christian Konrad Sprengel, Robin Hill, and William Hallowes Miller.

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Among people born in 1911, Maclyn McCarty ranks 214Before him are Mirza Ibrahimov, Bill Monroe, Gustav Wetterström, Ján Cikker, Roy Eldridge, and Reg Parnell. After him are Max Gluckman, Clare Hollingworth, Mervyn Peake, Gyula Lázár, C. L. Moore, and Nikolai Kryuchkov. Among people deceased in 2005, Maclyn McCarty ranks 201Before him are Giuliano Bonfante, Ivan Kolev, Elisabeth Domitien, Gordon Gould, Giuseppe Caprio, and Natalya Meklin. After him are Mario David, Otar Korkia, Netti Witziers-Timmer, Cliff Allison, Aušra Augustinavičiūtė, and Kihachi Okamoto.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Maclyn McCarty ranks 5,809 out of 18,182Before him are MacKenzie Scott (1970), Forest Ray Moulton (1872), Robert Z'Dar (1950), Roman Reigns (1985), Philip Bailey (1951), and Chris Farley (1964). After him are Shawn Michaels (1965), John Tate (1925), Bob Falkenburg (1926), Ray Romano (1957), Eugene Sledge (1923), and Margaret Colin (1958).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Maclyn McCarty ranks 81Before him are John Tukey (1915), Edward Calvin Kendall (1972), Roderick MacKinnon (1956), Eric Betzig (1960), Donella Meadows (1941), and Isabella Karle (1921). After him are Caleb Bradham (1867), James B. Conant (1893), Michael Behe (1952), Edward Goodrich Acheson (1856), Helen Murray Free (1923), and George M. Whitesides (1939).