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Carl R. Woese (1928--2012) (2013)


Carl Woese was not a well-known personality outside of microbiology and evolutionary biology, but he forever changed our understanding of the biosphere and its evolution. He passed away at his home in Urbana, Illinois, on 30 December 2012. Carl Woese developed the modern gene sequence--based understanding of biological organization, showing that the evolutionary history of lineages can be tracked to a common ancestral state. In doing so, he discovered the third domain of life, which came to be known as the archaea. His story is the epitome of the outsider, a lone and dedicated visionary who overthrew a century of dogma and established thought and brought about a revolution that has touched every area of modern biology.


Description Woese worked on microbiology, evolutionay biology, and the evolution of the biosphere.

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Authors & Contributors
Sapp, Jan
Landecker, Hannah
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Moberg, Carol L.
Kisselev, Lev L.
Levina, Elena S.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Historical Records of Australian Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of Medical Biography
Journal of the History of Biology
American Society for Microbiology
Oxford University Press
Smithsonian Books
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University
Molecular biology
Woese, Carl R.
Dubos, René Jules
Zil'ber, Lev Aleksandrovich
Hilleman, Maurice
Bergersen, Fraser John
Darwin, Charles Robert
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
United States

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