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George Wells, 1903–1989, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1958.
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beadle (ˈbiːdəl)
1.  (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order
2.  (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister
3.  Judaism See also shammes a synagogue attendant
4.  an official in certain British universities and other institutions
[Old English bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff]

Beadle (ˈbiːdəl)
George Wells. 1903--89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics

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O.E. bydel "herald, messenger from an authority," from beodan "to proclaim" (see bid). Sense of "warrant officer, tipstaff" was in late O.E.; that of "petty parish officer," which has given the job a bad reputation, is from 1590s. French bédeau (O.Fr. bedel, 12c.) is a Germanic loan-word.
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Beadle Bea·dle (bēd'l), George Wells. 1903-1989.

American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics.

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