Avery A·ver·y (ā'və-rē), Oswald. 1877-1955.
American bacteriologist noted for establishing (1944) that DNA is responsible for the transmission of heritable characteristics.
|Avery (ā'və-rē) Pronunciation Key
Canadian-born American bacteriologist who demonstrated in 1944 that DNA was the material that caused genetic changes in bacteria. His work was vital to scientists who later established that DNA is the carrier of genetic information in all living organisms.
painter noted in his later years for depicting the human figure as a contoured flat pattern in vivid colours. In 1905 his family moved to Hartford, Conn., where he studied briefly (1913) at the League of Art Students, but he was largely self-taught. He presented his first one-man show in New York City in 1928.
Learn more about Avery, Milton with a free trial on Britannica.com.