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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. In his famous Fly Room at Columbia University's Schermerhorn Hall, Morgan demonstrated that genes are carried on chromosomes and are the mechanical basis of heredity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Hunt Morgan has received more than 709,330 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Thomas Hunt Morgan is the 15th most popular biologist (up from 20th in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from United States (up from 204th 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 15 out of 841Before him are Ernst Haeckel, James Watson, Karl Landsteiner, Konrad Lorenz, Peter Kropotkin, and Rosalind Franklin. After him are Alfred Russel Wallace, Richard Dawkins, Georges Cuvier, Francis Crick, Robert Brown, and Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.

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Among people born in 1866, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 6Before him are Wassily Kandinsky, Sun Yat-sen, Romain Rolland, Erik Satie, and H. G. Wells. After him are George Gurdjieff, Alfred Werner, Benedetto Croce, Beatrix Potter, Aby Warburg, and Giovanni Agnelli. Among people deceased in 1945, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 10Before him are Anne Frank, Heinrich Himmler, Eva Braun, Joseph Goebbels, Martin Bormann, and Béla Bartók. After him are Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, Magda Goebbels, Anton Webern, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Wilhelm Canaris.

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Among people born in United States, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 159 out of 18,182Before him are Humphrey Bogart (1899), Dale Carnegie (1888), Johnny Cash (1932), Robert Redford (1936), John B. Watson (1878), and Tom Hanks (1956). After him are John Steinbeck (1902), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Gregory Peck (1916), George Gershwin (1898), and Ava Gardner (1922).

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), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908).