Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
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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.