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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
13 Aug 1917Eduard Buchner diedBuchner  
02 Oct 1917Christian R de Duve was born in Thames Ditton, United Kingdomde DuveRockefeller UniversityCell
08 Oct 1917Rodney R Porter was born in Newton-le-Willows, United KingdomPorterOxford UniversityAntibodies
22 Nov 1917Andrew F Huxley was born in Hampstead, United KingdomHuxleyUniversity College LondonCell, Neuroscience
23 Jan 1918Gertrude B Elion was born in New York NY, USAElionWellcome Research LaboratoriesPharmacology
07 Feb 1918Ruth Sager was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, USASagerRockefeller UniversityGenetics
03 Mar 1918Arthur Kornberg was born in Brooklyn NY, USAKornbergStanford UniversityGenetics, DNA, RNA
20 May 1918Edward B Lewis was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, USALewisCalifornia Institute of TechnologyGenetics, Embryology
06 Jun 1918Hans Adolf Krebs was born in Hildesheim, GermanyKrebs Sheffield UniversityCell, Biochemistry
31 Jul 1918Paul D Boyer was born in Provo UT, USABoyerUniversity of California, Los AngelesBiochemistry
13 Aug 1918Frederick Sanger, twice Nobel Prize winner, bornSangerRendcomb, Gloucestershire, United KingdomDNA Sequencing
08 Oct 1918Jens C Skou was born in Lemvig, DenmarkSkouAarhus UniversityBiochemistry
1919First use of the term 'biotechnology'ErekyJozsef Technical University 
01 Apr 1919Joseph E Murray was born in Milford MA, USAMurrayBrigham and Women's HospitalTransplantation, Immunology
15 Jul 1919Hermann Emil Fischer diedFischerUniversity of BerlinBiochemistry
13 Aug 1919Reinhold Benesch was born in PolandBeneschColumbia UnivesityBiochemistry
28 Aug 1919Godfrey N Hounsfield was born in Newark, United KingdomHounsfieldCentral Research LaboratoriesDiagnostic imaging
15 Mar 1920E Donnall Thomas was born in Mart TX, USAThomasFred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterTransplantaion, Immunology
06 Apr 1920Edmond H Fischer was born in Shanghai, ChinaFischerUniversity of Washington 
07 Jun 1920Jacques Monod was born in Nancy, FranceMonodPasteur InstituteGenetics

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