Irving Geis

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Irving Geis
Born (1908-10-18)October 18, 1908
New York City
Died July 22, 1997(1997-07-22) (aged 88)
Nationality American
Alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
Known for Scientific illustration

Irving Geis (October 18, 1908 – July 22, 1997) was an American artist who worked closely with biologists. Geis's hand-drawn work depicts many structures of biological macromolecules, such as DNA and proteins, including the first crystal structure of sperm whale myoglobin.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Geis was born in New York City, and lived in Anderson, South Carolina for a time. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech from 1925 to 1927, and went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in 1929.[1][2] From there he attended the University of South Carolina from 1932 to 1933, graduating with a degree in design and painting in the midst of the great depression.[1]

Career[edit]

Geis served as a coauthor and illustrator of many biochemical books that were written by Albert Lehninger and Richard E. Dickerson, as well as the book How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff.[3] He was a frequent contributor to Scientific American.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dickerson, R. E. (1997). "Irving Geis, Molecular artist, 1908-1997". Protein Science 6 (11): 2483–2484. doi:10.1002/pro.5560061126. 
  2. ^ a b "Artist Irving Geis". Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  3. ^ "HHMI Purchases Geis Archives". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 2000-10-25. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 

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