The Morgan papers contain correspondence, technical and course material, papers relating
to the formation of the Biology Division at Caltech and other administrative matters, and
a small amount of biographical material.
Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945) is best known for his study of heredity in the fruit fly,
Drosophila melanogaster. He also contributed significantly
to descriptive and experimental embryology, cytology, and evolutionary theory. For his
work in establishing the chromosome theory of heredity--the idea that genes are located
in a linear array on chromosomes--Morgan was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or
medicine in 1933.
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