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Edward L. Tatum Ph.D.

Edward L. Tatum Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1958
Co-Nobilists George Beadle, Joshua Lederberg

Geneticist, Microbiologist, Biochemist. Genes act by regulating definite chemical events. Changed from Drosophila to Neurospora. Nurtured younger scientists. Generous spirit, scientific vision.

"Ability to balance critical scientific objectivity, personal ambition, interdependence on others-some scientists take lifetime to learn-was ingrained in Tatum from beginning." - Mentee, Biographer Joshua Lederberg.


Edward Tatum, Biographical memoir by Joshua Lederberg, National Academy of Sciences, biography 25 pages, 32 pages total.

Drawing by Newton Llorente

Name: Edward Lawrie Tatum
Birth: 14 December 1909, Boulder, CO, US
Death: 5 November 1975, New York, NY, USA
Institution: Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, NY, USA
Award: "for their discovery that genes act by regulating definite chemical events"
Subject: Genetics
Portion of cash: 1/3
M.S.: Microbiology, 1932
Ph.D.: Biochemistry, 1934
Ph.D. Mentors: Edwin Broun Fred, William Harold Peterson
Ph.D. Thesis: Nutrition and Metabolism of bacteria
Collabator Co-Nobelist: George Wells Beadle
Mentee, Nobelist, 1958: Joshua Lederberg