Alfred Hershey
Alfred Hershey

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Name: Alfred Hershey
Occupation: Physiologist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: December 4, 1908
Death Date: May 22, 1997 (age 88)
Age: Aged 88
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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Alfred Hershey

Alfred Hershey was born on December 4, 1908 in United States (88 years old). Alfred Hershey is a Physiologist, zodiac sign: Sagittarius. Find out Alfred Hersheynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He became the director of the Carnegie Institution in 1962.

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As per our current Database, Alfred Hershey died on May 22, 1997 (age 88).

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Before Fame

He attended Michigan State University and Washington University.

Biography Timeline


He was born in Owosso, Michigan and received his B.S. in chemistry at Michigan State University in 1930 and his Ph.D. in bacteriology in 1934, taking a position shortly thereafter at the Department of Bacteriology at Washington University in St. Louis.


He began performing experiments with bacteriophages with Italian-American Salvador Luria, German Max Delbrück, Indian-Canadian Adam Hasnain, and Serbian Mila Huhtala in 1940, and observed that when two different strains of bacteriophage have infected the same bacteria, the two viruses may exchange genetic information.


He moved with his research partner Martha Chase to Laurel Hollow, New York, in 1950 to join the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Genetics, where he and Martha Chase performed the famous Hershey–Chase experiment in 1952. This experiment provided additional evidence that DNA, not protein, was the genetic material of life. Notable post-doctoral fellows in Hershey's lab include Anna Marie Skalka.


He became director of the Carnegie Institution (which later became Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) in 1962 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, shared with Salvador Luria and Max Delbrück for their discovery on the replication of viruses and their genetic structure.


In 1981, Hershey became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.

Family Life

Alfred had a son named Peter with his wife Harriet.

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