Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis was an American biologist and university professor who has pioneered important concepts in the fields of biology of cells and microbial evolution. She is best known for her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles.

Early life

Margulis was born in Chicago on March 5, 1938. She was the eldest of four daughters. Her father was a lawyer and also owned a company that developed thermoplastic material used to mark streets and highways. Her mother owned and operated a travel agency.


At 15 years of age Margulis has completed her second year at Hyde Park High School and was accepted into an early entrant program at the University of Chicago, where she later graduated with an bachelor’s degree in Liberal