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    Esther Lederberg

    Jew Score:
    13

    I4

    O5

    K4
    December 18, 1922 – November 11, 2006

    We have previously profiled physicist Joshua Lederberg, giving him a rather high score. After all, he won a Nobel, and was a pioneer in astrobiology. (It's a thing!)

    As mentioned in his profile, Lederberg got his Nobel for proving that bacteria mate. (Sexy!) He didn't do that research alone.

    Now, most (if not all) award-winning scientists get help from students or associates, while leading the work themselves. This wasn't the case here: Lederberg's research was a true partnership, but he was the only one who got all the accolades.

    That partner? Esther, his wife.

    The least we can do is give Esther as high a score as her husband...

    Verdict: Jew.

    July 4, 2018

    See Also

    Gertrude Elion

    Rosalind Franklin

    Joshua Lederberg

    Lise Meitner

    Rosalyn Yalow
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