Nebraska Authors

George Wells Beadle

AKA: "Beets"

Born 1903-10-22 Wahoo, NE (USA)

Died 1989-06-09

Beadle was a scientist who was partially responsible for discovering the role of genes in regulating biochemical events within cells. In 1969, Nebraska Educational Television produced a program about him called 'The Importance of Genetics in Today's World '. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's George W. Beadle Center for Genetics and Biomaterials Research named in his honor.
See also Franklin D. Keim.

Places Lived

Wahoo, NE
Lincoln, NE
Chicago, IL
Pamona, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


corn genetics research


Bachelors and Masters Degrees, University of Nebraska
Ph.D., Cornell University


President of the University of Chicago

Places Worked

Stanford University
Cal Tech
University of Chicago


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 29 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
Nobel Prize winner


Genetics and Modern Biology. 1962.
Language of Life. 1966. (with Muriel Beadle)
Where Has All the Ivy Gone. 1972. (with Muriel Beadle)

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