Ilya Ilyich Metchnikoff

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Birthday
15, 1845
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jul 15, 1916 (71)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
15, 1845
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jul 15, 1916 (71)

About

Russian biologist who pioneered research into the immune system and human aging. He won the the Nobel prize in Medicine in 1908 for his revolutionary work on phagocytosis.

Before Fame

Passionate about natural sciences, he tested and taught Charles Darwin's evolutionary theories.

Trivia

He is often credited with coining the term gerontology, which describes the study of aging and longevity.

Family Life

His first wife, Ludmilla Feodorovitch, succumbed to tuberculosis; he met his second wife, Olga, two years later.

Associated With

Louis Pasteur and he worked in the same field, but they had their disagreements.