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Tracy Morton Sonneborn

Tracy Morton Sonneborn, American scientist, educator. award National Academy Scis.


  • Sonneborn, Tracy Morton was born on October 19, 1905 in Baltimore. Son of Lee and Daisy (Bamberger) Sonneborn.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins, 1925, Doctor of Philosophy., 1928, Honorary Doctor of Science, 1957. Honorary Doctor of Science, Universite de Genève, Northwestern University, 1975, Indiana U., 1978, U. Münster (West Germany), 1979.


    • Research assistant zoology Johns Hopkins University, 1930-1931, research associate, 1931-1933, associate, 1933-1939. Associate professor zoology Indiana U., 1939-1943, professor, 1943-1953, distinguished professor, 1953-1976, distinguished professor emeritus, 1976-1981, acting chairman div. biological science, 1963-1964. Visiting professor U. Washington, Seattle, Battelle Research Center, 1971.

      Visiting researcher U. Paris South, Orsay, France, Laboratoire de Genetique Moleculaire, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 1973. Visiting professor zoology U. Geneva (Switzerland), 1979. Discoverer of mating types in ciliated protozoa, 1937, roles of genes, cytoplasm and environment, control cell heredity, 1943-1981.

      Co-winner Newcomb-Cleveland prize for outstanding research paper American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1946. Kimber Genetics award National Academy Sciences, 1959. Mendel medal Czechoslovakia Academy Science, 1965.


    • Editor: The Control of Human Heredity and Evolution, 1965. Editorial board Journal Morphology, 1946-1949. Genetics, 1947-1962
    • Journal Experimental Zoology, 1948-1960.

      Physiological Zoology, 1948-1960. Editorial committee Annual Review Microbiology, 1954-1958. Contributor articles to mags. and chapters to books on genetics.


    Member American Society Naturalists (president 1949), American Society Zoologists (president 1956), Genetics Society American (president 1949), Society Study Evolution (vice president 1958), National Academy Science (1946), American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia), American Academy Arts and Science (Boston), American Society Protozoologists (honorary), Royal Society London (foreign), American Society Cell Biology, American Institute Biological Sciences (president 1960-1961), Phi Beta Kappa (visiting scholar 1969, associate lecturer 1975-1981), Sigma Xi (nat. lecturer 1949, 68). Member Faculdad de Biologia y Ciencias Medicas, Universidad de Chile, Sociedad de Biologia de Santiago de Chile, Sociedad de Biologia de Concepcion (Chile), Sociedad Medica de Concepcion (Chile), French Society Protozoology (honorary), Genetics Society Japan (honorary).


    • Married Ruth Meyers, June 6, 1929. Children: Lee M., David R. Fellow, National Research Council, 1928-1930.
    • father: Lee Sonneborn
    • mother: Daisy (Bamberger) Sonneborn
    • spouse: Ruth Meyers
    • children: Lee M. Sonneborn
    • David R. Fellow Sonneborn
    • National Research Council Sonneborn
    • 1928-1930 Sonneborn
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    Born October 19, 1905
    Died January 26, 1981
    (aged 75)