The Edward B. Lewis papers collection document his professional work as a geneticist. Some
materials of interest include Lewis's lab notebooks regarding his work in Drosophila
research, genetics, and radiation studies. The collection also has correspondence with
professional colleagues and many archival boxes of material related to his winning of the
Nobel Prize, including congratulatory notes and ceremony festivities documents. There are
also many photographic prints of scanning electron microscope images of mutant drosophila,
and also some personal family photos.
Edward Butts Lewis was born on May 20, 1918 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He earned his
Bachelor's degree in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota in 1939. Under the
guidance of Alfred S. Sturtevant, Lewis earned his PhD from Caltech in 1942. During World
War II, Lewis served as a meteorologist and oceanographer in the United States Army Air
Force. From 1946-1948, Lewis began his teaching career as Instructor, and advanced to
Assistant, Associate Professor, Professor through 1948-1966, and Thomas Hunt Morgan
Professor of Biology from 1966-1988. He became emeritus in 1988 until his passing on July
22.5 linear feet
(53 standard archival boxes, 2 half size archival boxes)
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