James Crow enjoyed relating how he and the first issue of the journal Genetics were scheduled to arrive on the same day—18 January 1916—and how he was delivered on time, whereas the journal was delivered several weeks late. The coincidence was altogether fitting, as Crow became one of the leading geneticists of the twentieth century. Renowned as scholar, teacher, mentor, author and historian, he had a career in science that spanned 70 years, primarily at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Professor Crow’s research was in theoretical and experimental population genetics, focusing on Drosophila as his model organism and extending his results to human genetics. He had further influence on the field of genetics as a writer and speaker and as a synthesizer and disseminator of knowledge, and he performed service to his colleagues in many different capacities.
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