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Dayhoff, Margaret Oakley (11 March 1925–05 February 1983), research biochemist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kenneth W. Oakley, an industrialist, and Ruth P. Clark. When Margaret was about the age of ten, the Oakleys moved to New York City. There she attended Public School Number 32 and went on to become the valedictorian of the Bayside High School class of 1942. She was awarded a scholarship to Washington Square College of New York University, from which she graduated in 1945 magna cum laude, with honors in mathematics. In 1948 she married Edward S. Dayhoff; they would have two children. In that same year, Margaret Dayhoff received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in quantum chemistry....

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Delbrück, Max (04 September 1906–10 March 1981), physicist-turned-molecular biologist, physicist-turned–molecular biologist, was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of Hans Delbrück, a historian, and Lina Thiersch. Born into the Prussian intellectual and political elite, Delbrück’s identity was shaped by the legacies of both his maternal and paternal families. His father, noted for his prolific scholarship in military world history, came from a family of political leaders; Delbrück’s uncle (also called Max Delbrück) was a famous industrial chemist in Berlin. The world-famous chemist Justus von Liebig was Max Delbrück’s maternal great-grandfather, and his maternal uncle (by marriage), Adolf von Harnack, was Germany’s foremost modern theologian and founder and first president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft. Nurtured within that distinguished family and steeped in the ideals of ...