Geneticists

Geneticists study genes, heredity, and hereditary transmission. They conduct research on inheritance of genes and how certain characteristics are passed on from one generation to another. They study the origin and transmission of specific inherited traits such as colour of eyes, colour and texture of hair, height, diseases resistance, hereditary diseases, etc. Geneticists need to posses a solid background in sciences like biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Their work has application in a variety of fields like academics, medicine, research, agriculture, crime, and industries. Geneticists working in the medical field diagnose hereditary conditions in patients and help them in disease management. They calculate the genetic risk of faulty genes being passed on to potential offsprings, study congenital malformations and conduct mutation analysis. Genetic counselors provide information and advice to families that struggle with hereditary diseases. Agricultural geneticists help in the development of newer varieties of crops that have certain desired characteristics like bigger size of fruits, more nutritive value, seedless fruits, etc. and are more disease resistant than traditional crops. Genetics also has applications in the field of research and development, and university teaching. Read on to discover the life and works of famous geneticists from all over the world through a splendid collection of biographies, timelines and trivia.
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 1 Gregor Mendel

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Birthdate: July 22, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 6, 1884

A scientist, meteorologist, mathematician, and biologist, Gregor Mendel is considered the founder of the modern science of genetics. He conducted a series of experiments on pea plants between 1856 and 1863, establishing many rules of heredity. Besides his work on pea plants, he also described novel plant species and conducted experiments with hawkweed and honeybees.

 2 Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug
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Famous As: Father of the Green Revolution
Birthdate: March 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 12, 2009

 3 James Watson

James Watson
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Famous As: Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 4 Francis Collins

Francis Collins
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 5 M. S. Swaminathan

M. S. Swaminathan
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Famous As: Agricultural Scientist
Birthdate: August 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 6 J.B.S. Haldane

J.B.S. Haldane
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 1, 1964
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 7 J. B. S. Haldane

J. B. S. Haldane
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Famous As: Biologist, Geneticist, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian, British
Died: December 1, 1964
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 8 Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 2, 1992
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 9 Thomas Hunt Morgan

Thomas Hunt Morgan
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: September 25, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 4, 1945

 10 Oswald Avery

Oswald Avery
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Famous As: Biologist, Physician, Geneticist
Birthdate: October 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 20, 1955
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 11 Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Geneticist, Botanist, Gardener, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: March 7, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 11, 1926

 12 Jack W. Szostak

Jack W. Szostak
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Famous As: Biologist, Molecular biologist, Geneticist, Physician, Professor
Birthdate: November 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, Polish, British, American
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 13 Hermann Joseph Muller

Hermann Joseph Muller
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: December 21, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1967

 14 Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci
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Famous As: Biologist, Philosopher, Geneticist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: January 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 15 Carol W. Greider

Carol W. Greider
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Famous As: Biologist, Molecular biologist, Geneticist, Physician
Birthdate: April 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 16 Mario Capecchi

Mario Capecchi
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Famous As: Molecular Geneticist
Birthdate: October 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian, American

 17 John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 19, 2004

 18 Joshua Lederberg

Joshua Lederberg
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: May 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 2, 2008
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 19 Hugo de Vries

Hugo de Vries
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Famous As: Botanist, Biologist, Geneticist, University teacher
Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 21, 1935

 20 Eugen Fischer

Eugen Fischer
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Physician, Racial hygienist, Geneticist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: July 9, 1967

 21 Theodosius Dobzhansky

Theodosius Dobzhansky
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: January 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ukrainian, American
Died: December 18, 1975

 22 Cyril Burt

Cyril Burt
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: October 10, 1971
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 23 Harold E. Varmus

Harold E. Varmus
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 24 August Weismann

August Weismann
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Famous As: Biologist, Zoologist, Geneticist
Birthdate: January 17, 1834
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality:
Died: November 5, 1914
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 25 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German

 26 George R. Price

George R. Price
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Famous As: Mathematician, Geneticist
Birthdate: October 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 6, 1975

 27 Matthew Meselson

Matthew Meselson
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: May 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Baruch Samuel Blumberg

Baruch Samuel Blumberg
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Famous As: Physician, Geneticist
Birthdate: July 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 2011
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 29 Philip Allen Sharp

Philip Allen Sharp
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Famous As: Geneticist, Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Nettie Stevens

Nettie Stevens
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: July 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 4, 1912
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 31 Reginald Punnett

Reginald Punnett
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: June 20, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 3, 1967

 32 Sewall Wright

Sewall Wright
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: December 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 1988

 33 C.H. Waddington

C.H. Waddington
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Famous As: Developmental Biologist
Birthdate: November 8, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: September 26, 1975

 34 Ian Wilmut

Ian Wilmut
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 35 Marshall W. Nirenberg

Marshall W. Nirenberg
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Famous As: Biochemist and Geneticist
Birthdate: April 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 2010

 36 Alfred Sturtevant

Alfred Sturtevant
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: November 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 1970

 37 Alfred Day Hershey

Alfred Day Hershey
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine
Birthdate: December 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1997

 38 Jeffrey C. Hall

Jeffrey C. Hall
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: May 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 39 Michael W. Young

Michael W. Young
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: March 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 40 Spencer Wells

Spencer Wells
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Howard Martin Temin

Howard Martin Temin
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Famous As: Geneticist and Virologist
Birthdate: December 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 1994

 42 Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: January 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 31, 2018

 43 Andrew Fire

Andrew Fire
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 Werner Arber

Werner Arber
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Famous As: Microbiologist & Geneticist
Birthdate: June 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swiss

 45 Michael Rosbash

Michael Rosbash
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 46 Joseph L. Goldstein

Joseph L. Goldstein
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Famous As: Molecular Geneticist
Birthdate: April 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 47 Carl Correns

Carl Correns
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: September 19, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: February 14, 1933

 48 Jérôme Lejeune

Jérôme Lejeune
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Famous As: Pediatrician
Birthdate: June 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: April 3, 1994

 49 Rudolf Jaenisch

Rudolf Jaenisch
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: April 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, Polish

 50 Francisco J. Ayala

Francisco J. Ayala
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Famous As: Biologist, Geneticist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: March 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, American
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