Ten fun facts about Thomas Hunt Morgan


Fact 1
Thomas Hunt Morgan was born in Kentucky in the year 1866. His interest in the exploration of the outdoors and wildlife began from a very early age.

Fact 2
Thomas graduated from the University of Kentucky in the year 1886 and focussed mostly in the studies of the natural sciences.

Fact 3
He went on to study biology at the John Hopkins University where his doctoral thesis dealt with sea spider embryology.


Fact 4
Thomas Hunt Morgan began work as the Professor of Experimental Zoology at the Columbia University on his friend’s request.

Fact 5
His work with fruit flies at the university over the years helped him validate his theory of the importance of chromosomes in inheritance.

Fact 6
Morgan has a reputation to have been quite a character with a great sense of humour, being quite adept at making practical jokes.

Fact 7
He was always in control in his lab and regarded himself as the boss, choosing to squash flies that littered his lab instead of dumping them.

Fact 8
He started working at the California Institute of Technology in the year 1928 where he reverted to working on embryology, an initial interest.

Fact 9
Morgan was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine for his lifelong work on the inheritance chromosomal theory in the year 1933.

Fact 10
He worked in his lab until the time of his death in the year 1945.


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Was an American biologist known for his extensive work in species variation among many other scientific breakthroughs.

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