Joshua Lederberg, Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, was named today one of three American geneticists to be awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize in medicine for pioneer studies in genetics. Dr. Lederberg, 33, will receive half of the $41,250 prize, while the remainder will be split among the other two prize winners.
The prize committee cited Dr. Lederberg for his discoveries concerning “genetic recombination and the organization of the genetic material of bacteria.” Scientists believe the studies for which Dr. Lederberg and the other Americans were honored may lead toward greater knowledge of cancer. Dr. Lederberg was born in Montclair N. J.
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