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Theodosius Dobzhansky

Ukrainian-American geneticist

Died when: 75 years 327 days (910 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Theodosius Dobzhansky

Theodosius Grigorovich Dobzhansky (Russian: Феодо́сий Григо́рьевич Добржа́нский;

Ukrainian: Теодо́сій Григо́рович Добржа́нський;

January 25, 1900 – December 18, 1975) was a prominent Ukrainian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the modern synthesis.

Dobzhansky was born in Nemirov, in the Russian Empire (present-day Nemyriv, Ukraine) and emigrated to the United States in 1927, aged 27.

He was a distant relation of the Russian writer Feodor Dostoevsky.His 1937 work Genetics and the Origin of Species became a major influence on the modern synthesis.

He was awarded the US National Medal of Science in 1964 and the Franklin Medal in 1973.

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