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Biologist , educator , professor

François Jacob, French biologist, educator. Achievements include research in on genetics bacterial cells and viruses; contributor to mechanisms of information transfer (messenger Ribonucleic acid) and genetic basis of regulatory circuits, early stages of the mouse embryo. Recipient Charles Leopold Mayer prize, 1962, Nobel prize in physiology and medicine (with A. Lwoff and J. Monod), 1965.

Background

Jacob, François was born on June 17, 1920 in Nancy, France. Son of Simon and Therese (Franck) Jacob.

Education

Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Paris, 1947. Doctor of Science, Faculty of Sciences, Paris, 1954. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Chicago, 1965.

Dr (honorary), various universities.

Career

Assistant Pasteur Institute, 1950—1956, head department cellular genetics, 1960—1992, president, 1982—1988. Professor cellular genetics College of France, 1964—1992. Professor emeritus College of France and Institute Pasteur, since 1992.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in on genetics bacterial cells and viruses. Contributor to mechanisms of information transfer (messenger Ribonucleic acid) and genetic basis of regulatory circuits, early stages of the mouse embryo.

Works

Membership

Member of Royal Academy of Sciences Madrid, Academy of Sciences Hungary, Royal Academy Medicine Belgique, Royal Society (London), American Philos Society, National Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign), Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (foreign), Academy Française Paris, Academy of Sciences (Paris).

Connections

Married Lysiane Bloch, November 27, 1947 (deceased 1984). Children: Pierre, Laurent, Odile, Henri. Married Geneviève Barrier, 1999.

father:
Simon Jacob

mother:
Therese (Franck) Jacob

spouse:
Lysiane Bloch

spouse:
Geneviève Barrier

child:
Pierre Jacob

child:
Laurent Jacob

child:
Odile Jacob

child:
Henri Jacob