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George Davis Snell D.Sc.

George Davis Snell D.Sc.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1980
Nobel co-recipients: Baruj Benacerraf, Jean Dausset

Geneticist, Transplantation Immunologist. Genetically determined structures on cell surface that regulate immunological reactions, the major histocompatibility complex, HLA. Thesis work on linkage in mice largely determined future work. Interest: social evolution.

"In examining histocompatibility genetics as one of several potential new undertakings, I thought I saw possibilities for new openings."


George D. Snell, Biographical memoir by N. Avrion Mitchison. National Academies Press, 18 pages

Drawing by Nwton Llorente

Name: George Davis Snell
Birth:19 December 1903, Bradford, MA, USA
Death: 6 June 1996, Bar Harbor, ME, USA
Institution: Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA
Award: "for their discoveries concerning genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immunological reactions"
Subject: genetics, immunity, transplantation immunology
Portion of cash: 1/3
Graduate Mentor: William Castle
Post Doc Mentor: Future Nobelist Hermann Joseph Muller