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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
1815Discovery of bacteriophages, type of virus that attacks bacteria, by English bacteriologist William TwortTwortUniversity of LondonPhage display
08 Apr 1817Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard was born Port Louis, MauritiusBrown-Sequard Endocrinology
22 Jan 1818Caspar Wistar died Wistar Institute 
16 Feb 1822Francis Galton was born in Birmingham, United KingdomGalton Genetics
20 Jul 1822Gregor Johann Mendel was born in Hyncice, Czech RepublicMendel Genetics
27 Dec 1822Louis Pasteur was bornPasteurPasteur InstituteBacteriology
26 Jan 1823Edward Jenner diedJenner Immunology, Vaccine
26 Dec 1825Felix Hoppe-Seyler was bornHoppe-SeylerUniversity of TubingenBiochemistry
05 Apr 1827Joseph Lister was born in West Ham, London, UKListerKing's College London 
18 Dec 1829Jean-Baptiste Lamarck diedLamarckFrench Academy of SciencesGenetics
25 Aug 1841Emil Theodor Kocher was born in Berne, SwitzerlandKocher  
1842First observation of chromosomes by Swiss botanist Karl von NageliNageliGenetics, DNA
21 Apr 1843Walther Flemming was born in Schwerin, GermanyFlemmingUniversity of KielCell, Genetics
07 Jul 1843Camillo Golgi was born in Corteno, ItalyGolgiUniversity of PaviaNeuroscience
11 Dec 1843Robert Koch was born in Clausthal (now Clausthal-Zellerfeld), GermanyKochUniversity of BerlinBacteriology
16 May 1845Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov was born in Kharkov (now Kharkiv), Russian Empire (now Ukraine)MechnikovPasteur InstituteImmunology
18 Jun 1845Charles L Alphonse Laveran was born in Paris, FranceLaveranPasteur InstituteInfectious diseases
05 Mar 1846Edouard van Beneden was born in Leuven, Belgianvan Beneden University of LiegeCell, Genetics
22 Jun 1848William MacEwen was bornMacEwan Neuroscience
21 Apr 1849Oskar Hertwig was born in Friedberg, Hesse, GermanyHertwig Reproduction

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