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Ross Granville Harrison

Born: Jan 13, 1870

Death: Sep 30, 1959

Birthplace: Germantown

Nationality: United States

Ross Granville Harrison

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1870
Date of Death : Sep 30, 1959
Birth Place : Germantown

Ross Granville Harrison was an American biologist and anatomist credited as the first to work successfully with artificial tissue culture. Harrison received his early schooling in Baltimore, where his family had moved from Germantown, Philadelphia. Announcing in his mid teens a resolve to study medicine, he entered Johns Hopkins University in 1886, receiving his BA degree in 1889 at the age of nineteen. In 1890, he worked as a laboratory assistant for the United States Fish Commission, studying the embryology of the oyster with his close friend E. G. Conklin and H. V. Wilson. In 1891, he participated in a marine zoology field trip to Jamaica. He worked in Bonn, Germany during 1892–3, 1895–6 and 1898, attracted to the work of Moritz Nussbaum, becoming an M.D. there in 1899. He gained his Ph.D. in 1894 after courses in physiology with H. Newell Martin and morphology with William Keith Brooks. He devoted study to mathematics, astronomy and also the Latin and Greek classics. He worked with T. H. Morgan as a lecturer in morphology at Bryn Mawr. He married Ida Lange in Altona, Germany on January 9, 1896 and they had a family of five children.

Awards Won


  • John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science
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