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207. Genetics[X]
1Name:  Dr. James F. Crow
 Institution:  University of Wisconsin
 Year Elected:  1966
 Class:  2. Biological Sciences
 Subdivision:  207. Genetics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1916
 Death Date:  January 4, 2012
James F. Crow served as a professor of genetics and zoology at the University of Wisconsin since 1954. An outstanding authority in the field of population genetics, human genetics and the genetic effects of radiation, he was the author of numerous articles in scientific journals. He successfully introduced mathematical models in the study of human heredity while also using his training in Drosophilia genetics in the study of the effects of lethal genes and other factors on the genetic makeup of populations. His theoretical contributions span the field, from his concept of genetic load to his work on random sampling genes in small populations. Dr. Crow also introduced the use of similarity of surnames to estimate the degree of inbreeding in human populations and as a way of determining the mutational component of human genetic diseases. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Crow has also served as associate editor and column editor of Genetics. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1966. James Crowe died on January 3, 2012, at the age of 95 in Madison, Wisconsin.
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