Maurice Fox

Maurice Fox


Maurice Fox was instrumental in creating and revising several courses within the department — including 7.50 (Methods and Logic in Molecular Biology) and 7.03 (Genetics) — and studied DNA mutations and recombination before retiring.


PhD 1951, University of Chicago

Research Summary

Maurice Fox passed away on January 26, 2020. He came to MIT's Department of Biology in 1962 from a position at Rockefeller University, and retired over three decades later in 1996. He was instrumental in revising, modernizing, and upgrading the teaching of 7.03 (Genetics), and helped create 7.50 (Methods and Logic in Molecular Biology). Fox also served as Head of the Department from 1985 to 1989. He studied mechanisms of mutation, recombination, and mismatch repair.


  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow, 1995
  • National Academy of Sciences, Member, 1988
  • National Academy of Medicine, Member, 1981


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