Oswald Avery

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Birthday
21, 1877
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Feb 20, 1955 (77)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1877
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Feb 20, 1955 (77)

About

American physician best known for identifying DNA as the material that made up genes and chromosomes (the Avery–MacLeod–McCarty experiment).

Before Fame

He attended Colgate University and went on to study medicine at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He opened his first practice in 1907.

Trivia

He was nominated for a Nobel prize multiple times during his research, but never won.

Family Life

He never married, but lived for thirty five years with friend and colleague, immunologist Alphonse Dochez.

Associated With

Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase continued his research and went on to discover the DNA double helix.