Ten fun facts about Max Delbruck


Fact 1
Max Delbruck was born in Berlin in the year 1906 and his parents were a history lecturer and the granddaughter of a distinguished chemist.

Fact 2
Initially educating himself in astrophysics, he soon turned towards theoretical physics as he found it more exciting. He obtained his Ph.D in 1930.

Fact 3
In 1932, Max started working as Lise Meitner’s associate. Together with Otto Hahn, they worked on investigating irradiation of uranium with neutrons.


Fact 4
Awarded with a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, Max investigated fruit fly genetics in the California Institute of Technology.

Fact 5
He wrote “The Growth of Bacteriophage” in the year 1939, stressing on the fact that virus reproduction happens in a lone step.

Fact 6
Max worked in Tennessee at the Vanderbilt University when the Second World War broke out, carrying on with his work on genetic research.

Fact 7
He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the Luria-Delbruck experiment that dealt with the struggle of bacteria with virus infection in the year 1969.

Fact 8
Max was responsible for the advent of molecular biology as an applied science and he actively promoted the Phage Group.

Fact 9
Max Delbruck was responsible for setting up University of Cologne’s institute for molecular genetics.

Fact 10
He died in the year 1981, at the age of 74 in California, leaving a behind a rich legacy in the field of biology.


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Was a biophysicist of German-American descent, known widely for his work on bacteria and other significant biological discoveries.

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