François Jacob, French biologist, educator. Achievements include research in on genetics bacterial cells and viruses; contributor to mechanisms of information transfer (messenger Ribonucleic acid) and genetic basis of regulatory circuits, early stages of the mouse embryo. Recipient Charles Leopold Mayer prize, 1962, Nobel prize in physiology and medicine (with A. Lwoff and J. Monod), 1965.
- Assistant Pasteur Institute, 1950—1956, head department cellular genetics, 1960—1992, president, 1982—1988. Professor cellular genetics College of France, 1964—1992. Professor emeritus College of France and Institute Pasteur, since 1992.
- The Statue Within: An Autobiography
- In a new preface to this special edition of his critically acclaimed memoir, Francois Jacob recalls the events that brought him to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the early 1960's and taught him much about phage biology and the informal ways of American science.
- The Logic of Life
- In The Logic of Life François Jacob looks at the way our understanding of biology has changed since the sixteenth century.
Member of Royal Academy of Sciences Madrid, Academy of Sciences Hungary, Royal Academy Medicine Belgique, Royal Society (London), American Philos Society, National Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign), Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (foreign), Academy Française Paris, Academy of Sciences (Paris).
1964 - 1992
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