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 600,878 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Thomas Hunt Morgan is the 20th most popular biologist, the 204th most popular biography from United States (up from 209th 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 20 out of 844Before him are Peter Kropotkin, Georges Cuvier, Richard Dawkins, Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick, and Thomas Henry Huxley. After him are Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, Nikolai Vavilov, Maria Sibylla Merian, Conrad Gessner, and Rachel Carson.

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Among people born in 1866, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 7Before him are Wassily Kandinsky, Sun Yat-sen, Romain Rolland, Erik Satie, H. G. Wells, and George Gurdjieff. After him are Beatrix Potter, Benedetto Croce, Alfred Werner, Hans von Seeckt, Aby Warburg, and Giovanni Agnelli. Among people deceased in 1945, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 15Before him are Martin Bormann, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, Anton Webern, Vidkun Quisling, and Wilhelm Canaris. After him are Magda Goebbels, George S. Patton, Paul Valéry, Irma Grese, Ernst Cassirer, and Johan Huizinga.

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Among people born in United States, Thomas Hunt Morgan ranks 204 out of 15,968Before him are George Lucas (1944), Orson Welles (1915), Denzel Washington (1954), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Emily Dickinson (1830), and B. F. Skinner (1904). After him are John Adams (1735), Louis Sullivan (1856), Frank Zappa (1940), George Marshall (1880), Ronnie James Dio (1942), and Samuel P. Huntington (1927).

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), Dian Fossey (1932), Barbara McClintock (1902), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), Alfred Hershey (1908), George Beadle (1903), Gerald Edelman (1929), and John Franklin Enders (1897).