Alfred Day Hershey

About Alfred Day Hershey

Who is it?: Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine
Birth Day: December 04, 1908
Birth Place: Owosso, Michigan, United States
Alma mater: Michigan State University
Known for: Proof of DNA as genetic material of life
Awards: Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1958) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1969)
Fields: Bacteriology, genetics

Alfred Day Hershey

Alfred Day Hershey was born on December 04, 1908 in Owosso, Michigan, United States, is Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine. Alfred Day Hershey was an American bacteriologist and geneticist who won the 1969 Noble Prize in Medicine, which he shared with Max Delbrück and Salvador Edward Luria. He discovered the fact that DNA, not protein, was the genetic material of life. His scientific accomplishments root back to his undergraduate years, when he developed a strong interest in bacteriology. He went on to earn a doctorate in his field of interest and was appointed to work with a renowned bacteriophage researcher. He was encouraged to study viruses and soon his experiments resulted in several discoveries that made advancements in understanding of genetic inheritance and change. His comprehensive studies persuaded some other scientists to collaborate with him and together they were able to unveil some important breakthroughs regarding the genetic replication information of viruses. But it was the famous ‘Hershey-Chase experiment’ also known as the ‘blender experiment’, which he conducted with his assistant Martha Chase, that placed him miles ahead of his contemporary scientists. His discovery introduced DNA as the data capsule which contains all the information of evolution. It was a path breaking accomplishment which led to many other advancements and achievements in the field of modern genetics.
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As per our current Database, Alfred Day Hershey has been died on May 22, 1997(1997-05-22) (aged 88)\nSyosset, New York.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 88 years old
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Born December 04, 1908 (Owosso, Michigan, United States)
Birthday December 04
Town/City Owosso, Michigan, United States
Nationality United States

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He was born in Owosso, Michigan and received his B.S. in chemistry at Michigan State University in 1930 and his Ph.D. in bacteriology in 1934, taking a position shortly thereafter at the Department of Bacteriology at Washington University in St. Louis.


He began performing experiments with bacteriophages with Italian-American Salvador Luria, German Max Delbrück, Indian-Canadian Adam Hasnain, and Serbian Mila Huhtala in 1940, and observed that when two different strains of bacteriophage have infected the same bacteria, the two viruses may exchange genetic information.


He moved with his research partner Martha Chase to Laurel Hollow, New York, in 1950 to join the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Genetics, where he and Martha Chase performed the famous Hershey–Chase experiment in 1952. This experiment provided additional evidence that DNA, not protein, was the genetic material of life.


Hershey had 1 child, Peter Manning Hershey (1956-1999) with his wife Harriet (often called Jill) (1918-2000). The family was active in the social network of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and regularly enjoyed the beach in season. Hershey was a Christian.


He became Director of the Carnegie Institution in 1962 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, shared with Salvador Luria and Max Delbrück for their discovery on the replication of viruses and their genetic structure.


In 1981, Hershey became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.

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