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Edward Tatum, circa 1958-1959

Tatum, Edward (1909-1975) was a was an American geneticist. He shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1958 with George Beadle for showing that genes control individual steps in metabolism. The other half of that year's award went to Joshua Lederberg.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, in 1909, Dr. Tatum earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1931 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1934. He joined the department of biological sciences at Stanford University as research associate in 1937, becoming assistant professor in 1941. From 1945 to 1948, he was at Yale University, first as an assistant professor of botany and later professor of microbiology. In 1948 he returned to Stanford as professor of biology and later became a professor of biochemistry there. During this period of his career, he began his collaboration with Dr. Beadle. He joined The Rockefeller Institute as a professor of biochemistry in 1957 and remained there until his death in 1975.

See also Experimental Basis for the One-Gene, One-Protein Hypothesis and National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs

Years at The Rockefeller University: 1957-1975


Edward L. Tatum


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