- NAME: J.B.S. Haldane
- OCCUPATION: Academic, Geneticist, Academic Author
- BIRTH DATE: November 05, 1892
- DEATH DATE: December 01, 1964
- EDUCATION: Eton College, University of Oxford, New College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bhubaneswar, India
- Full Name: John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
- AKA: John Haldane
- AKA: J.B.S. Haldane
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British scientist J.B.S. Haldane was recognized for contributions to various fields, from research on genetics and population growth to a cure for tetanus.
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Haldane received numerous honors during this phase of his career. In 1932, he was named a fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1937, and he received honorary degrees from several universities.
Haldane's political beliefs were somewhat controversial. During World War I, he became a socialist. In the 1930s, he began reading the work of Vladimir Lenin and became a supporter of Marxism. He wrote for the Communist newspaper The Daily Worker from 1940 through 1950, joining the British Communist Party in 1942. He left the party at the end of the decade, objecting to its official attitudes toward genetics and other sciences, but maintained a Marxist philosophy throughout his life.
In 1957, J.B.S. Haldane moved to India. From 1957 to 1961, he served as a research professor at the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta, after which he ran a genetics laboratory in Orissa. He became an Indian citizen and converted to Hinduism.
Haldane died in Bhubaneswar, India, on December 1, 1964, at the age of 72, following a year-long battle with rectal cancer. He recorded the experience of that illness, as well as its unsuccessful treatment, in a darkly humorous poem titled "Cancer's a Funny Thing," published after his death.
Haldane was married twice, first to Charlotte Burghes, a writer and journalist, and later (after he and Burghes divorced) to Dr. Helen Spurway, a biologist.
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