Theodosius Dobzhansky Facts

Theodosius Dobzhansky Facts
Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky ForMemRS (January 24, 1900 to December 18, 1975) was an American geneticist and evolutionary biologist. His work was the foundation of modern evolutionary synthesis.
Interesting Theodosius Dobzhansky Facts:
Dobzhansky was born in Nemyriv, Ukraine where his father was a mathematics teacher.
In 1910 the family moved to Kiev.
While in high school Dobzhansky became interest in entomology and began collecting butterflies.
From 1917 to 1924 he studied biology at the Kiev State University.
He moved to St Petersburg, Russia to study the Drosophila melanogaster under Yuri Filipchenko.
In 1927 he immigrated to the US on an International Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation scholarship.
By 1927 Dobzhansky had published 35 scientific papers on entomology and genetics.
At Columbia University he continued his genetics experiments using Drosophila melanogaster.
In 1930 he moved with his colleague, Thomas Hunt Morgan, to Caltech.
In 1937 he published Genetics and the Origin of Species which is one of the major works linking evolutionary biology and genetics.
He created a new definition of evolution as "a change in the frequency of an allele with a gene pool."
That same year he became a citizen of the United States.
In 1941 the National Academy of Sciences awarded him its Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal.
He left Caltech in 1940 and returned to Columbia University.
From 1962 to 1971 he worked at Rockefeller University.
In 1964 he received the National Medal of Science.
In 1972 he became the first president of the Behavior Genetics Association which he had helped establish.
In 1971, after being diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia, he retired from Rockefeller University and moved to the University of California, Davis.
He published his famous essay, "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution."
He was a prolific writer and his works include Heredity, Race and Society (1946), Mankind Evolving (1962), The Biology of Ultimate Concern (1967), and Genetic Diversity and Human Equality (1973).


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