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Gerald Edelman

American biologist

1929   -   2014

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Ursinus College, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
occupation: biologist, immunologist, neuroscientist, university teacher, neurologist, physicist, chemist
award received: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Ariëns Kappers Medal, Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, honorary doctorate of the University of A Coruña

Gerald Maurice Edelman (; July 1, 1929 – May 17, 2014) was an American biologist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work with Rodney Robert Porter on the immune system. Edelman's Nobel Prize-winning research concerned discovery of the structure of antibody molecules. In interviews, he has said that the way the components of the immune system evolve over the life of the individual is analogous to the way the components of the brain evolve in a lifetime. There is a continuity in this way between his work on the immune system, for which he won the Nobel Prize, and his later work in neuroscience and in philosophy of mind.
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