Ten fun facts about Erwin Chargaff


Fact 1
He immigrated to the United States during the Nazi era.

Fact 2
He was a professor of biochemistry at Columbia University medical school.

Fact 3
Through careful experimentation, Chargaff discovered two rules that helped lead to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.


Fact 4
Chargaff was born in Czernowitz on 11 August 1905, Bukowina, Austria-Hungary, which is now Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

Fact 5
From 1924 to 1928, Chargaff studied chemistry in Vienna, and earned a doctorate working under the direction of Fritz Feigl.

Fact 6
Chargaff immigrated to New York in 1935, taking a position as a research associate in the department of biochemistry at Columbia University, where he spent most of his professional career.

Fact 7
After his retirement as professor emeritus, Chargaff moved his lab to Roosevelt Hospital, where he continued to work until his retirement in 1992.

Fact 8
During his time at Columbia, Chargaff published numerous scientific papers, dealing primarily with the study of nucleic acids such as DNA using chromatographic techniques.

Fact 9
He became interested in DNA in 1944 after Oswald Avery identified the molecule as the basis of heredity.

Fact 10
In 1952, he discovered that the amounts of adenine and thymine in DNA were roughly the same, as were the amounts of cytosine and guanine. This later became known as the third of Chargaff's rules.


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