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Robert K. Burns

Born: Jul 26, 1896

Death: Jun 26, 1982

Birthplace: Hillsboro

Nationality: United States

Robert K. Burns

Date of Birth : Jul 26, 1896
Date of Death : Jun 26, 1982
Birth Place : Hillsboro

Robert Kyle Burns was an American biologist known for his work on sexual differentiation in vertebrates. Burns was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1955. The New York Times reported in 1937 that Burns together with Thomas R. Forbes were able to change the sex of alligators by injecting them with female hormones. The National Academies Press said that Burns "pioneered the experimental manipulation of sex hormones in order to establish their roles in sex determination and differentiation".

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
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