Fox, Sidney W. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Name: Fox, Sidney W.
Historical Note: Sidney Walter Fox was born on March 24th, 1912 in Los Angeles, California and died August 10th 1998 in Mobile, Alabama. Fox received his degree in chemistry from University of California Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He is mostly credited for his scientific work with amino acids and their role on the origin of life. Proving that it is possible to use thermal energies to create protein-like structures from inorganic materials, he proposed that his findings supported the idea of spontaneous generation of life. He continued to work as a professor of science at various universities until his death in 1998.