Levan, Albert


Albert Levan (1905–1998) was a Swedish cytogeneticist who, in collaboration with Joe Hin Tjio, identified the correct number of chromosomes in humans.

Keywords: diploid chromosome number; cytogenetics; Joe Hin Tjio

Figure 1.

Albert Levan (1905–1998). Photo courtesy of Göran Levan (ca. 1980).


Further Reading

Hultèn MA (2002) Numbers, bands and recombination of human chromosomes: historical anecdotes from a Swedish student. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 96: 14–19.

Levan A (1938) The effect of colchicine on root mitoses of Allium. Hereditas 24: 471–486.

Levan A (1956) Chromosome studies on some human tumors and tissues of normal origin grown in vivo and in vitro at the Sloan‐Kettering Institute. Cancer 9: 648–663.

Levan A and Hauschka TS (1952) Chromosome numbers of three mouse ascites tumors. Hereditas 38: 252–255.

Levan A (1978) The background of the determination of the human chromosome number. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 130: 725–726.

Tjio J‐H and Levan A (1956) The chromosome number of man. Hereditas 42: 1–6.

Tjio J‐H (1970) The chromosome number of man. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 130: 723–724.

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Hultén, Maj A, and Fredga, Karl(Sep 2006) Levan, Albert. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006253]