Wendell Stanley (1904-1971)
Brief details of his life
- In 1948 Stanley joined the University of California at Berkeley as founder of the Virus Laboratory and chairman of the department of biochemistry
- He later became professor of virology and chairman of the virology department (1958) and remained at Berkeley the rest of his career, retiring in 1969.
- won the Nobel Prize in chemistry with fellow scientist John H. Throntrop (1946), Stanley's achievements were recognized with more than a dozen honorary degrees;
- election to the American Philosophical Society (1940)
- U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1941)
- the Nichols Medal of the American Chemical Society
- the Presidential Certificate of Merit (1948)
- the American Cancer Society's Medal for Distinguished Service in Cancer Control (1963)
- selection as president of the Tenth International Cancer Congress (1970)
Big contributions to science
what was he:
- a virus could be an inanimate chemical (an inert molecule) later on he discovered that the infectious substance was in fact a combination of protein and the nucleic acid, RNA. (noble piece prize shared by) hon H. hornthrop
- Experimented with tobacco mosaic virus, which causes spots on plant leaves. He applied crystallizing methods. This led to the isolation of a nucleoprotein which displayed tobacco mosaic virus activity.
- during world war two he inactivated a vaccine for influenza