China at the MBL: 1920-1945 - T.H. Morgan, the MBL, and Chinese biology in the early 20th Century

During the 1920s, the MBL welcomed a continual stream of Chinese students studying genetics. This influx was, in large part, due to the influence of Thomas Hunt Morgan, the famed fly geneticist whose lab housed many students from China. Almost every summer of the 1920s, Morgan brought his family and tubes full of Drosophila melanogaster from the Columbia fly lab in New York to Woods Hole. Morgan found the atmosphere at the MBL stimulating, and encouraged his students to join him in Woods Hole. Morgan’s Chinese students who made the journey to Woods Hole reveled in the chance to expand their understanding of the biological sciences, as taught in the U.S. They carried their Woods Hole training and the connections that they made while at the MBL back with them as they returned to China, and used these experiences to shape early 20th century genetics there.