Scientists From Minnesota

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John Lilly
(Physician, Neuroscientist, Psychoanalyst and Inventor of 'Isolation Tank')
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Birthdate: January 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 30, 2001

Born to rich Catholic parents, John Lilly spent his childhood treating science as a hobby. While studying medicine, he performed gruelling medical experiments on himself. He later invented isolating floatation tanks, studied bottlenose dolphins, and researched on psychedelic drug-induced near-death experiences. He also explored yoga and human consciousness.

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Melvin Calvin
(Biochemist)
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Birthdate: April 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 8, 1997

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Melvin Calvin earned scholarships to fund his studies and eventually earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. The University of California, Berkeley professor later won a Nobel for co-discovering the Calvin cycle, which explained the chemical pathways of photosynthesis.

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Randy Schekman
(Biologist)
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Birthdate: December 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, American cell biologist Randy Schekman is best known for his "ground-breaking work on cell membrane vesicle trafficking, a major transport system in our cells." Author of several books on Cell and Developmental Biology, he has also served as the editor of several scientific magazines.

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John Tate
(Mathematician)
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Birthdate: March 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 16, 2019
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Peter Agre
(Chemist, Molecular biologist, Professor)
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Birthdate: January 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Nobel Prize-winning doctor Peter Agre revolutionized science with his work on the movement of water molecules inside the cell membrane. Born to a chemistry professor, he developed an interest in science early in his life. He was also associated with the medical schools at Johns Hopkins and Duke University.

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Brian Kobilka
(Physiologist)
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Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Marcia McNutt
(Geophysicist)
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Birthdate: February 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Arthur Burks
(Mathematician)
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Birthdate: October 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 14, 2008
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Robert A. Good
(Physician)
Robert A. Good
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Birthdate: May 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 13, 2003

A pioneer of modern immunology, Robert A. Good was partially paralysed in his younger days and completed his medical studies in a wheelchair, though he mostly recovered later. He was the man behind the first bone marrow transplant in the world. He later won the Lasker Award, among other honors.

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Robert Morris Page
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Birthdate: June 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 15, 1992
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Frank J. Dixon
(Researcher)
Frank J. Dixon
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Birthdate: March 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 8, 2008
Minnesota has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Melvin Calvin, John Lilly, Randy Schekman, Peter Agre, Brian Kobilka and others.