Awards & Winners

George Wells Beadle

Date of Birth 22-October-1903
Place of Birth Wahoo
(Saunders County, Nebraska, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Scientist, Author
George Wells Beadle was an American scientist in the field of genetics, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Nobel laureate who with Edward Lawrie Tatum discovered the role of genes in regulating biochemical events within cells in 1958. Beadle and Tatum's key experiments involved exposing the bread mold Neurospora crassa to x-rays, causing mutations. In a series of experiments, they showed that these mutations caused changes in specific enzymes involved in metabolic pathways. These experiments led them to propose a direct link between genes and enzymatic reactions, known as the One gene-one enzyme hypothesis.

Awards by George Wells Beadle

Check all the awards nominated and won by George Wells Beadle.


Nominations 1967 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
National Book Award for Science, Philosophy, and Religion (Nonfiction) The Language of Life


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for their discovery that genes act by regulating definite chemical events)


Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For outstanding and fundamental contributions to the understanding of genetic control of metabolic processes.)