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Beijerinck, Martinus Willem (Martinus)

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Born: 1851 AD
Died: 1931 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Botanist

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1851 - Born on the 16th of March in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

         - Studied chemical engineering at the Delft Polytechnic.

         - Established the Delft School of Microbiology.

         - He is most famous as the founder of virology. He discovered viruses, by proving in filtration experiments that the tobacco mosaic disease is caused by something smaller than a bacterium.

1898 - Discovered viruses, by proving in filtration experiments that the tobacco mosaic disease is caused by something smaller than a bacterium.

1905 - He received the Leeuwenhoek Medal.

         - Discovered nitrogen fixation, the process by which diatomic nitrogen gas is converted to ammonium.

1931 - Martinus Willem Beijerinck died on the 1st of January.




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