Joseph Davies ’28 comes to Rice in 1914 as an assistant to Sir Julian Huxley, Rice's inaugural biology chair. While a full-time employee, Davies enrolls as an undergraduate in 1920 and by 1937 earns his Ph.D. from Rice. Davies, who specializes in embryology, takes over full responsibility for Biology 100 in the early 1940s and is revered for his energy and for his infectious passion for science.

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