1944 in science
From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
- February 1 – Oswald T. Avery and colleagues publish the Avery–MacLeod–McCarty experiment showing that a DNA molecule can carry an inheritable trait to a living organism. This is important because many biologists thought that proteins were the hereditary material and nucleic acids too simple chemically to serve as genetic storage molecules.
- Erwin Schrödinger publishes What is Life?, containing conceptual discussion of the genetic code and of negentropy.
- Last known evidence for existence of the Asiatic lion in the wild in Iran (Khuzestan Province).
- February – Lars Onsager publishes the exact solution to the two-dimensional Ising model.
- Americium discovered by Glenn T. Seaborg, et al.
- August 7 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, best known as the Harvard Mark I.
- March 18 – Last eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
History of science
- The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is established when Robert Whipple presents his collection of scientific instruments to the University of Cambridge, England.
- John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern's book Theory of Games and Economic Behavior is published by Princeton University Press.
- November 19 – Minnesota Starvation Experiment begins.
- Hans Asperger describes Asperger syndrome.
- David S. Sheridan invents the disposable plastic tracheal tube catheter.
- Dorothea and Alexander Leighton's book Navajo at the Door is "the earliest example of applied medical anthropology".
- June 5 – Group Captain James Stagg correctly forecasts a brief improvement in weather conditions over the English Channel which permits the following day's Normandy landings to take place.
- August 6 – Ball lightning observed in Uppsala, Sweden.
- September 8 – First operational use of the V-2 rocket, the first ballistic missile.
- December 9 – First flight of the Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger, the second jet engined fighter aircraft to be introduced by the Luftwaffe in World War II.
- Erik Wallenberg and Ruben Rausing invent a way to package milk in paper and start the company Tetra Pak.
- First operational use of a snorkel on a submarine.
- Nobel Prizes
- February 8 – Howard Dalton (died 2008), English microbiologist.
- February 15 – Sigurd Hofmann, German physicist.
- June 1 – Colin Blakemore, English neuroscientist.
- July 13 – Ernő Rubik, Hungarian inventor and architect.
- August 24 – Gregory Jarvis (died 1986), American astronaut.
- October 16 – Elizabeth Loftus, American psychologist.
- January 20 – James McKeen Cattell (born 1860), American psychologist.
- March – John R.F. Jeffreys (born 1918), British mathematician and cryptanalysist.
- March 2 – Ida Maclean (born 1877), English biochemist.
- March 5 – Ernst Cohen (born 1869), Dutch Jewish chemist (in Auschwitz concentration camp).
- March 29 – Grace Chisholm Young (born 1868), English mathematician.
- June 18 – Harry Fielding Reid (born 1859), American geophysicist.
- November 2 – Thomas Midgley, Jr. (born 1889), American chemist and inventor.
- November 22 – Sir Arthur Eddington (born 1882), English astrophysicist.
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