Marcus Morton Rhoades

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Marcus Morton Rhoades (July 24, 1903 in Graham, Missouri – December 30, 1991) was an American cytogeneticist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1927, a Master of Science degree in 1928 from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. degree in 1932 from Cornell University.[1][2] His research on maize led to important discoveries for basic genetics and the applied science of plant breeding. He was one of the first cytogenecists to document the pre-meiotic pairing of homologous chromosomes in maize, otherwise referred as somatic pairing (Singh, 2003).

In 1907, Herbert J. Webber started the Synapsis Club, a student/faculty organization at Cornell University, Prof.Rollins A. Emerson continued and encouraged his student to become members, including Rhoades.[3]


1981 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal - (Genetics Society of America)