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Beadle was born at
Wahoo, on October 22, 1903 to Chauncey and Hattie Beadle.
Educated at the Wahoo High School, Beadle went on to the College
of Agriculture in Lincoln, Nebraska. By 1927 he had earned
his MS and moved on to teach at Cornell University.
Beadle continued his education and earned an Ph. D. and by 1931
was awarded a fellowship at the California Institute of
In 1935 Beadle visited Paris
for six months to study of the development of eye pigment in
Drosophila which later led to the work on the biochemistry
of the genetics of the fungus Neurospora for which Beadle
and Edward Lawrie Tatum were together awarded the 1958 Nobel
Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Beadle married twice and had one son, David. Dr Beadle
died in 1989.