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Avery, Oswald Theodore

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Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1955 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Bacteriologist, Biochemist

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1877 - Born on October 21st in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canadian-born American bacteriologist whose research helped ascertain that DNA is the substance responsible for heredity, thus laying the foundation for the new science of molecular genetics.

1887 - He went to New York City when his clergyman father began missionary work in the Bowery.

1893 - Avery attended the Colgate Academy and later the Colgate University.

         - He became the leader of the college band and acquired the nickname "Babe" because of his small stature.

1904 - He practiced medicine there, became a bacteriologist at Hoagland Laboratory, Brooklyn.

1907 - Avery accepted an associate directorship at Hoagland Laboratory in Brooklyn — the first privately endowed bacterial research laboratory in the United States.

1913 - Avery published a clinical study of the tuberculosis bacterium.

         - Joined the Rockefeller Institute.

1917 - His career-long studies of the pneumococcus bacterium included the immunological classification of this organism.

1944 - His subsequent pneumococcal research, summarized, indicated that the agent that transforms non-virulent strains to virulent was DNA, thus demonstrating that DNA is the chemical basis of heredity.

1948 - Avery did his Pneumococcus work at the Rockefeller and stayed there until his retirement.

1955 - He was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on February 20th in Nashville, Tennessee.

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