Giovanni Battista Grassi

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Birthday
27, 1854
Birthplace
Italy
DEATH DATE
May 4, 1925 (71)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
27, 1854
Birthplace
Italy
DEATH DATE
May 4, 1925 (71)

About

Remembered best for his work in the parasitology sub-field of malariology (the study of malaria), this Italian zoologist and doctor also studied the behavior, development, and life cycles of termites, eels, and honey bees. He was the 1896 recipient of the Darwin Medal.

Before Fame

After earning a medical degree from the University of Pavia, he worked at the Zoological and Oceanographic Stations in Naples, Italy, and went on to study at Germany's University of Heidelberg.

Trivia

He taught zoology at the University of Catania and anatomy at the Sapienza University of Rome.

Family Life

He was born in Rovellasca, Italy, to Costanza Mazzuchelli and Luigi Grassi.

Associated With

Were it not for the influence of microbiologist Robert Koch, who favored doctor and malaria researcher Ronald Ross for the prize, Grassi would have been at least a dual recipient of the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.