Ten fun facts about George Beadle


Fact 1
Beadle and Tatum's key experiments involved exposing the bread mold Neurospora crassa to x-rays, causing mutations.

Fact 2
In a series of experiments, they showed that these mutations caused changes in specific enzymes involved in metabolic pathways. These experiments led them to propose a direct link between genes and enzymatic reactions, known as the One gene-one enzyme hypothesis.

Fact 3
After retiring, Beadle undertook a remarkable experiment in maize genetics.


Fact 4
During his career, Beadle has received many honors. These include the Honorary Doctor of Science of the following Universities: Yale (1947), Nebraska (1949), Northwestern University (1952), Rutgers University (1954), Kenyon College (1955), Wesleyan University (1956), the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford, England (1959), Pomona College (1961), and Lake Forest College (1962).

Fact 5
In addition to the Nobel Prize, Beadle received numerous other awards.

Fact 6
Beadle was a member of several learned societies, among which the National Academy of Sciences (Chairman of Committee on Genetic Effects of Atomic Radiation), the Genetics Society of America (President in 1946), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (President in 1955), the American Cancer Society (Chairman of Scientific Advisory Council), the Royal Society of London, and the Danish Royal Academy of Science.

Fact 7
The George W. Beadle Award of the Genetics Society of America is named in his honor.

Fact 8
George Beadle Middle School in Millard, Nebraska (Part of the Millard Public Schools district) was named after him.

Fact 9
The Beadle Center, which houses the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is also named after George Beadle.

Fact 10
Beadle was married twice.


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was an American scientist in the field of genetics, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Nobel laureate who with Edward Lawrie Tatum discovered the role of genes in regulating biochemical events within cells in 1958.



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