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Max Delbrück
(16 Jun 1850 - 4 May 1919)

German chemist who spent a forty-five year career developing the fermentation industry. He founded a school for distillation workers, a glass factory to produce quality apparatus, and an experimental distillery. He also established schools and labs to study potato and hop culture. His nephew, also named Max Delbrück, became a Nobel Prize winning microbiologist.

Science Quotes by Max Delbrück (3 quotes)

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Mit dem Schwerte der Wissenschaft, mit dem Panzer der Praxis, so wird Deutsche Bier die Welt erringen.
With the sword of Science and the armour of Practice, German beer will encircle the world.
— Max Delbrück
From address about yeast and fermentation in the brewery, to the German Brewing Congress (Jun 1884) as Director of the Experimental and Teaching Institute for Brewing in Berlin. In 'Ueber Hefe und Gärung in der Bierbrauerei', Bayerische Bierbauer, 1884, 19, 312. As cited in Ray Anderson, Brewery History (Summer 2006), No. 123, 55. Indeed, as quoting Anderson, “In 1887 beer output in the German states exceeded that in the UK for the first time and Germany became the largest producer of beer in the world.” Using Google translation, the word “armour” might also be read as “breast-plate.”
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While the artist’s communication is linked forever with its original form, that of the scientist is modified, amplified, fused with the ideas and results of others.
— Max Delbrück
In The Eighth Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson (1979).
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Yeast is a machine.
— Max Delbrück
Beginning of an 1884 lecture, quoted in Robert Bud, The Uses of Life: A History of Biotechnology (1993), 28.
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