Dean Hamer and Francis Bacon
Icons of Science in the LGBT Community
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.
This month, CBD College celebrates exceptional scientists in the LGBT community.
Meet Dean Hamer:
Born: May 29, 1951
Origin: New Jersey
“Dean Hamer is an American geneticist, author, and filmmaker. He is known for his research on the role of genetics in sexual orientation and human behavior, contributions to biotechnology and HIV/AIDS prevention, and popular books and documentaries on a wide range of topics. Hamer’s lab developed several biotechnological strategies to treat and reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. They discovered novel chemical agent to induce integrated virus and molecularly engineered immunotoxins to destroy the infected cells. They also collaborated with Osel, Inc. on a novel “live microbial microbicide” approach to HIV/AIDS prevention. By genetically engineering normal vaginal bacteria to produce a potent anti-HIV peptide, significant protection against viral infection was provided. The methodology was shown to be applicable to both rectal and vaginal use and is in the initial stages of preclinical testing.“
Meet Francis Bacon
Born: January 22, 1561
Died: April 9, 1626
“English philosopher of science, author of Novum Organum; called “the high priest of modern science” for elucidating principles of the scientific method. The originator of the phrase “knowledge is power.” Was also a noted lawyer and a member of Parliament. Bacon was one of the first Englishmen to write an essay on the nature of beauty, and his models are not women. He was perhaps the first amateur student of aesthetics to recognize the difference between mere prettiness and true beauty: “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” This concept was to become the central dogma in the aesthetic theories of Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. “