Ten fun facts about Lynn Margulis


Fact 1
She is best known for her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles.

Fact 2
She is also known for her contributions to the endosymbiotic theory, which is now generally accepted for how certain organelles were formed.

Fact 3
In 1966, as a young faculty member at Boston University, she wrote a theoretical paper entitled The Origin of Mitosing Eukaryotic Cells. The paper however got rejected by 15 scientific journals but got finally accepted by The Journal of Theoretical Biology. It is considered today a landmark in modern endosymbiotic theory.


Fact 4
She showed that animals, plants, and fungi all originated from Protists.

Fact 5
She is also associated with the Gaia hypothesis, based on an idea developed by the English environmental scientist James Lovelock.

Fact 6
Margulis attended the University of Chicago, earned a master's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960, and received her Ph.D. in 1963 in the faculty of Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley in Botany.

Fact 7
She was guest Hagey Lecturer at University of Waterloo in 1985.

Fact 8
She was inducted into the World of Art and Science, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fact 9
She was the 1999 recipient of the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

Fact 10
She was the 1999 recipient of the National Medal of Science, awarded by President William J. Clinton.


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Short about Lynn Margulis
was an American biologist and University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



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