Ellis, Emory L. (Biochemist)
- Existence: 1906 - 2003
Background: Caltech rocket project, 1941-1945; Caltech alumnus (MS, 1932; PhD, 1934).
Description: Upon completion of his Ph.D. in biochemistry, Ellis began postdoctoral research focusing on viruses as a means to study carcinogenesis, specifically those viruses that attached to bacteria, known as bacteriophage. Sometime in 1938, Ellis was joined by Max Delbrück, who had been seeking an organism for the study of the structure and function of the gene. This research culminated in the publication of their one, groundbreaking paper, "The Growth of the Bacteriophage." After some work on a vitamin project in 1941, Ellis was recruited for the Caltech rocket project, sponsored by the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), in which he played a key role. After 1945, he remained at the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) at China Lake.
Collection Notes: Papers, 1925-1993. Included is correspondence, manuscripts and technical notes on both bacteriophage and the Caltech vitamin plan, plus biographical material.
Collection size: 2 boxes, 1 linear ft.
Finding aid available at the Archives.
Photo of Emory Ellis (PhotoNet).
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The Emory L. Ellis papers comprise of two boxes of correspondence, manuscripts and technical notes on both bacteriophage and the Caltech vitamin plan, plus biographical material. They cover the time period of 1925 through 1993.