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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
26 Aug 1850Charles Robert Richet was born in Paris, FranceRichetSorbonne UniversityImmunology
01 May 1852Santiago Ramon y Cajal was born in Petilla de Arago, SpainRamon y CajalMadrid UniversityNeuroscience
31 May 1852Richard Julius Petri was bornPetriImperial Health OfficeBacteriology
09 Oct 1852Hermann Emil Fischer was born in Euskirchen, Prussia (now Germany)FischerUniversity of BerlinBiochemistry
13 Sep 1853Hans Christian Joachim Gram was born in Copenhagen, DenmarkGramUniversity of CopenhagenBacteriology
16 Sep 1853Albrecht Kossel was born in Rostock, Mecklenburg (now Germany)KosselUniversity of HeidelbergGenetics
14 Mar 1854Paul Ehrlich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1908 born in Strehlen (now Strzelin), Prussia (now Poland) Goettingen University 
14 Mar 1854Paul Ehrlich was born in Strehlen, PrussiaEhrlichStrehlen, Prussia 
15 Mar 1854Emil Adolf von Behring was born in Hansdorf, Prussia (now Poland)von BehringHansdorf, Prussia (now Poland)Antibodies
24 Mar 1854Paul Ehrlich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1908 born in Strehlen (now Strzelin), Prussia (now Poland)EhrlichGoettingen UniversityAntibodies, Immunology
03 Nov 1854Jokichi Takamine was born in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, JapanTakamineTakaoka, Toyama Prefecture, JapanBiochemistry
1855Escherichia coli bacterium first discoveredEscherich  
13 May 1857Ronald Ross was born in Almora, IndiaRossUniversity College LiverpoolInfectious diseases
27 Nov 1857Charles S Sherrington was born in London, United KingdomSherringtonLondon, United KingdomNeuroscience
11 Aug 1858Christiaan Eijkman was born in Nijkerk, the NetherlandsEijkmanUtrecht University 
1859Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'Darwin Evolution
07 Apr 1859Jacques Loeb was born in Mayen, Germany LoebRockefeller UniversityReproduction
31 Jul 1859Theobald Smith was born in Albany, New York, USASmithAlbany, New YorkInfectious diseases, Bacteriology
02 May 1860William Maddock Bayliss was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, UKBaylissUniversity College LondonEndocrinology
20 May 1860Eduard Buchner was born in Munich, GermanyBuchnerMunich, Germany 

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