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Rodney R. Porter (October 8, 1917 – September 6, 1985)

Rodney Robert Porter CH, FRS was an English biochemist is son of Joseph L. Porter (railroad clerk)and Isobel Reese Porter born in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. Porter received his Hons.B.Sc. (Biochemistry) in 1939 at the University of Liverpool and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 1948, where he became ...

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Sir Ernst Boris Chain (June 19,1906 – August 12,1979)


German-born British biochemist Sir Ernst Boris Chain shared the 1945 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with pathologist Howard Walter Florey for their pioneering work on penicillin. Chain and Florey isolated and purified penicillin (which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming) and performed the first clinical trials ...

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Otto Fritz Meyerhof (April 12,1884 – October 6,1951)

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German biochemist Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884-1951) shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the fixed relationship between oxygen consumption and the metabolism of lactic acid in muscle and for for establishing the cyclic character of energy transformations in the living cell. In 1909 he graduated ...

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Zénobe Théophile Gramme (April 4, 1826 – January 20, 1901)


Zénobe Théophile Gramme was a Belgian electrical engineer best known for the invention of Gramme dynamo, a continuous-current electrical generator . In 1856, Gramme began working in a Paris factory that fabricated apparatus for the infant electrical industry. In 1870, he invented a continuous-current dynamo with a ring armature (a ...

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Robert Huber (February 20, 1937)

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Robert Huber,  German biochemist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1988 along with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel. They were awarded for determining the of structure of an intramembrane protein important in photosynthesis. He did research in using crystallography to elucidate the structure of organic compounds. He studied ...

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Edward Forbes (February 12, 1815 – November 18, 1854)

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Edward Forbes, a British naturalist, pioneer in the field of biogeography. Forbes analyzed the distribution flora, fauna and geological changes in various geographical distributions of land and water. He abandoned his medical study at Edinburgh, for fulfilling his interest in natural science and embarked upon a botanical tour of Norway ...

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Walter H. Brattain (February 10, 1902 – October 13, 1987)

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American physicist Walter Houser Brattain shared 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics along with John Bardeen and William Shockley,for the invention of transistor. Walter Brattain was born in Amoy, China in 1902, soon after his birth the family returned to Washington State. He received  B.S. degree from Whitman College In 1924, ...

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Andrew N Meltzoff (February 9, 1950)

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Andrew N. Meltzoff is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on social and emotional development in infants and young children. His discoveries about preverbal infant psychology greatly advanced the scientific understanding of early cognition, personality and brain development. The work shows that infants can equate their own unseen behaviors with ...

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Jacques Lucien Monod (February 9, 1910 – 31 May 1976)

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Jacques Lucien Monod a French biologist who received the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with François Jacob “for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis”. They shared the award with Andre Lwoff. In 1938 he married the archeologist Odette Bruhl and, in 1939, became the ...

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Charles Wheatstone (February 6, 1802 – October 19, 1875)

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English scientist Sir Charles Wheatstone was inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era. Invented and contributed in several fields of science, including electrical generators, encryption, photography, acoustics and music .Best known for his contributions in the development of the Wheatstone bridge.   Wheatstone was appointed professor of experimental ...

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