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 Lawrie Tatum
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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"
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