Joshua Lederberg

Born 23rd May, 1925 (Montclair, New Jersey, United States) - Died 2nd February, 2008 (New York City, United States)

An American molecular biologist known for his work in bacterial genetics and the discovery of viral transduction, that is the ability of viruses to transfer snippets of DNA from one infected bacteria to another. This laid the basis for genetic engineering in the 1970s.

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Joshua Lederberg: timeline of key events

Lederberg was a major pioneer of bacterial genetics. She discovered the lambda phage and invented the replica plating technique. 1922-12-18T00:00:00+0000Lederberg shared the 1958 Nobel Prize for Medicine for 'discoveries concerning genetic recombination and the organization of the genetic material of bacteria.'1925-05-23T00:00:00+0000The American molecular geneticist Joshua Lederberg and the Austrian-Australian biologist Gustav Nossal publish results from experiments confirming one cell is responsible for the production of just one type of antibody. This confirms the clonal selection theory. 1958-01-01T00:00:00+0000Lederberg was a major pioneer of bacterial genetics. She discovered the lambda phage and invented the replica plating technique. 2006-11-11T00:00:00+0000Lederberg shared the 1958 Nobel Prize for Medicine for 'discoveries concerning genetic recombination and the organization of the genetic material of bacteria.'2008-02-02T00:00:00+0000
Date Event People Places
18 Dec 1922Esther Lederberg was born in Bronx, New York, USALederbergWisconsin University
23 May 1925Joshua Lederberg was born in Montclair, NJ, USALederbergUniversity of Wisconsin
1958The cell is confirmed responsible for antibody productionLederberg, NossalUniversity of Wisconsin, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
11 Nov 2006Esther Lederberg diedLederbergWisconsin University
2 Feb 2008Joshua Lederberg diedLederbergUniversity of Wisconsin

18 Dec 1922

Esther Lederberg was born in Bronx, New York, USA

23 May 1925

Joshua Lederberg was born in Montclair, NJ, USA

1958

The cell is confirmed responsible for antibody production

11 Nov 2006

Esther Lederberg died

2 Feb 2008

Joshua Lederberg died