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Jacob, Francois

Born: 1920 AD
Currently alive, at 95 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Biologists, Scientist


1920 - Francois Jacob, born 17th of June in Nancy, France.
He is a Jewish French biologist who, together with Jacques Monod, originated the idea that control of enzyme levels in all cells occurs through feedback on transcription.

1947 - He completed a thesis he described as "replicating American work" on the effectiveness of the antibiotic against local infections, and became a medical doctor.

1961 - He and Monod explored the idea that the control of enzyme expression levels in cells is a result of feedback on the transcription of DNA sequences.

1962 - Awarded the Charles Léopold Mayer Prize by the Académie des Sciences.

1965 - He won a third of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in; it was split between him, Jacques Monod, and André Lwoff.

       - Awarded, together with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

1996 - Elected a member of the Académie française.


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