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:

  • biochemist
  • virologist
discoveries include

  • 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