Mitchell, Herschel Kenworthy (Biochemist)
- Existence: 1913 - 2000
Background: Caltech Professor of Biology, 1949-1984; Professor Emeritus, 1984-2000; Caltech Senior Research Fellow, 1946-1949.
Description: Herschel K. Mitchell was born in Los Nietos, California. He received his bachelor's degree from Pomona College in 1936, his master's from Oregon State University in 1938, and his PhD from the University of Texas in 1941. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, he first met George Beadle, whom he later followed to Caltech in 1946. Mitchell began his career working on pantothenic acid and vitamins. He then investigated biological development in fruit flies and microorganisms as well as the problem of heat shock, the effect of brief exposures to heat of cells and tissues.
Collection Notes: Oral history, 1997. A 54-page interview with Shirley Cohen covers biology and biochemistry at Caltech, including work on vitamins and biological development of fruit flies and microorganisms. Includes reminiscences of George Beadle, Henry Borsook, Linus Pauling and others.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Herschel Mitchell Oral History Interview with Shirley K. Cohen [sound recording], 1997-12-03 - 1997-12-22
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