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George Beadle - Nobel Prize Winner

Beadle was born at Wahoo, on October 22, 1903 to Chauncey and Hattie Beadle, George grew up on a farm. Educated at the Wahoo High School, Beadle went on to the College of Agriculture in Lincoln, Nebraska. By 1927 he had earned his MS and moved on to teach at Cornell University. Beadle continued his education and earned an Ph. D. and by 1931 was awarded a fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1935 Beadle visited Paris for six months to study of the development of eye pigment in Drosophila which later led to the work on the biochemistry of the genetics of the fungus Neurospora for which Beadle and Edward Lawrie Tatum were together awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Beadle married twice and had one son, David. Dr Beadle died in 1989.

According to the website Nobel Prize Beadle received many honours. These include the Hon. D.Sc. of the following Universities: Yale (1947), Nebraska (1949), Northwestern University (1952), Rutgers University (1954), Kenyon College (1955), Wesleyan University (1956), Birmingham University and Oxford University, England (1959), Pomona College (1961), and Lake Forest College (1962). In 1962 he was also given the honorary degree of LL.D. by the University of California, Los Angeles. He also received the Lasker Award of the American Public Health Association (1950), the Dyer Award (1951), the Emil Christian Hansen Prize of Denmark (1953), the Albert Einstein Commemorative Award in Science (1958), the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1958 with E.L. Tatum and J. Lederberg, the National Award of the American Cancer Society (1959), and the Kimber Genetics Award of the National Academy of Sciences (1960).

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