[del-brook; Ger. del-bryk]
Delbrück, Hans, 1848-1929, German historian, professor at the Univ. of Berlin. His Geschichte der Kriegskunst [history of the art of warfare] (4 vol., 1900-1927) is notable for going beyond technical problems and linking warfare to politics and economics.
Delbrück, Max Ludwig Henning, 1906-1981, American biophysicist, b. Berlin, Germany. Ph.D, Univ. of Göttingen, 1930. He spent most of his career as a professor at the California Institute of Technology. Delbrück was co-recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Alfred D. Hershey and Salvador E. Luria. The three were cited for their discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and genetic structure of viruses. Working independently but collaboratively beginning in 1940, the three researchers used bacteriophages, viruses that invade bacteria and cause their disintegration, to study such fundamental life processes as self-replication and mutation. Delbrück is credited with discovering an unanticipated genetic interaction between viruses infecting the same cell, subsequently identified as genetic recombination. The work done by Delbrück, Hershey and Luria played a significant role in the subsequent development of the disciplines of molecular biology and virology.
Delbrück, Rudolf von, 1817-1903, German statesman. He served (1857-76) under Bismarck as president of the chancellery of the North German Confederation (1866-71) and, after 1871, of the German Empire. A protagonist of free trade and liberal economics, he opposed Bismarck's adoption of a protectionist policy in the 1870s and resigned in 1876.

Delbrück (ˈdɛlbʁʏk) is a town in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located in the district Paderborn. As of 2002 it has a population of 29,846.


The first document mentioning the town dates from 1219. In 1410 the town was destroyed by fire during a conflict between the bishop of Paderborn and the bishop of Cologne.

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