Martha Chase

 

 

Age: 75

 

Summary: molecular biologist who shared in one of the most important discoveries of molecular biology in the 20th century as a 21-year-old research assistant to Alfred Hershey in 1952, and who used a common blender to show that DNA (not protein) is the genetic material of life (Hershey was awarded the Nobel Prize and the blender is on display at the DNA Learning Center).

 

 

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

 

Born: November 30, 1927

 

Died: August 8, 2003

 

Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio