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Today In Medical History – May 23

May 23:
(1)  (1707) Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist Carl Linnaeus is born. He formalised the modern system of naming
organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known by the epithet “father of modern taxonomy”.
(2) (1718) Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter is born. He was a leading teacher of anatomy, and the outstanding obstetrician of his day. His guidance and training of his ultimately more famous brother, John Hunter, was also of great importance.
(3) (1925) American molecular biologist John Bardeen is born. He was known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes.

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