François Jacob leaves France to join the Free French Forces in London. He is sent to northern Africa as a medical officer. After being wounded in Tunisia, he enters the Second Armoured Division. He is severely injured in Normandy, in August 1944, and stays in hospital for seven months. His injuries compromise his hands, putting an end to his dream of becoming a surgeon. Jacob is awarded the Croix de la Libération, as well as the Légion d'honneur and croix de guerre for his military services.

François Jacob marries Lysiane Bloch, a pianist.

François Jacob receives one third of the Nobel Prize along with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod "for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis".

François Jacob joins the Institut Pasteur under Dr. André Lwoff as Research Assistant. Here he is appointed Laboratory Director in 1956, then in 1960 he becomes Head of the Department of Cell Genetics.

At the age of seven François Jacob enrols at Lycée Carnot in Paris. He is schooled here for the next ten years.

François Jacob is born in Nancy, only child of Simon Jacob, a merchant, and his wife, Thérèse Franck.

François Jacob enters the University of Paris to become surgeon but his studies are interrupted by the World War II.

François Jacob is appointed Professor of Cellular Genetics at Collège de France until his retirement. His late studies involve genetic analysis of the mechanisms of cell division and the genetic properties of mammalian cells.

François Jacob returns to the University of Paris and obtains his Medical Degree in 1947.

François Jacob with É. Wollman works on a definition of the mechanism of bacterial conjugation, and on an analysis of the genetic apparatus of the bacterial cell. With Jacques Monod he studies the mechanisms responsible for the transfer of genetic information as well as the regulatory pathways which, in the bacterial cell, adjust the activity and synthesis of macromolecules. They propose a series of new concepts, those of messenger RNA, regulator genes, operons and allosteric proteins.

François Jacob dies at the age of 92 in Paris.

François Jacob joins the National Penicillin Center, where he becomes involved in the study of the antibacterial tyrothricin.

François Jacob earns his Master's Degree in science at the University of Paris. His thesis is on the manufacture and the evaluation of tyrothricin.

François Jacob earns his Ph.D. in science at the University of Paris.

François Jacob dies at the age of 92 in Paris.