Thomas Hunt Morgan

1866 - 1945

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Thomas Hunt Morgan (September 25, 1866 – December 4, 1945) was an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist, and science author who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933 for discoveries elucidating the role that the chromosome plays in heredity. Morgan received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in zoology in 1890 and researched embryology during his tenure at Bryn Mawr. Following the rediscovery of Mendelian inheritance in 1900, Morgan began to study the genetic characteristics of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Hunt Morgan has received more than 815,071 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Thomas Hunt Morgan is the 16th most popular biologist (down from 14th in 2019), the 219th most popular biography from United States (down from 159th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Biologist.

Thomas Hunt Morgan is most famous for his work with Drosophila, a type of fruit fly.

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Among biologists, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 16 out of 1,097Before him are Georges Cuvier, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Karl Landsteiner, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Francis Crick. After him are Thomas Henry Huxley, Élie Metchnikoff, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Luc Montagnier, Robert Brown, and Richard Dawkins.

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Among people born in 1866, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 8Before him are Sun Yat-sen, Romain Rolland, George Gurdjieff, Erik Satie, H. G. Wells, and Antoine Meillet. After him are Alfred Werner, Benedetto Croce, Giovanni Agnelli, Aby Warburg, Hans von Seeckt, and Aleksandr Ulyanov. Among people deceased in 1945, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 15Before him are Béla Bartók, Fedor von Bock, Anton Webern, Ernst Cassirer, Walter Model, and Subhas Chandra Bose. After him are Magda Goebbels, Paul Valéry, Heinrich Müller, Wilhelm Canaris, Pietro Mascagni, and George S. Patton.

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Among people born in United States, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 219 out of 20,380Before him are Richard Gere (1949), John Quincy Adams (1767), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Barry White (1944), and Rocky Marciano (1923). After him are Adam Sandler (1966), Priscilla Presley (1945), Humphrey Bogart (1899), Talcott Parsons (1902), David Rockefeller (1915), and Josephine Baker (1906).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 2Before him are James Watson (1928). After him are Rachel Carson (1907), Barbara McClintock (1902), Dian Fossey (1932), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Beadle (1903), Irwin Rose (1926), Linda B. Buck (1947), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), and John B. Calhoun (1917).