Alfred Day Hershey
Born: 4 December 1908, Owosso, MI, USA
Died: 22 May 1997, Syosset, NY, USA
Affiliation at the time of the award: Carnegie Institution of Washington, Long Island, New York, NY, USA
Prize motivation: "for their discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses"
Alfred Day Hershey was born on
December 4th, 1908, in Owosso, Michigan. He studied at the
College, where he obtained B.S. in 1930, and Ph.D. in 1934.
In 1967 he got an honorary D.Sc. at the University of
From 1934 till 1950 he was engaged in teaching and research, at
the Department of Bacteriology, Washington University
School of Medicine. In 1950 he became a Staff Member, at the
Department of Genetics, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Cold
Spring Harbor, New York; in 1962 he was appointed Director of the
Genetics Research Unit of the same institution.
Alfred Hershey married Harriet Davidson in 1945, they have one
Alfred Hershey is a Member of the American Society for
Microbiology, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. Hershey is Recipient of the Kimber Genetics
Award of the National Academy of Sciences, 1965. Michigan State
University honored him with an M.D.h.c. in 1970.
From Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1963-1970, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972
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Alfred D. Hershey died on May 22, 1997.
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