Ancel Benjamin Keys was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado back in 1904 to Benjamin and Carolyn. In 1906, the family moved to San Francisco, then to Berkeley. He left school taking odd jobs, one was shoveling bat guano in Arizona and a powder monkey in a Colorado mine. He eventually finished his secondary education and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley in 1922.
He graduated with a B.A. in economics and political science in 1925, and a M.S. in zoology in 1928. In 1930, he received his Ph.D. in oceanography and biology. After graduation he taught at Harvard University, in 1936, he earned a second Ph.D. in physiology. He studied fish to estimate the weight of fish from their length. Later he would conduct studies at different heights in the Andes. During WWII, he conducted various studies related to human physical performance that was of interest to the military. He retired from the University of Minnesota in 1972. He died in 2004, two months before his 101st birthday.
What you may not know about Ancel is that in 1937 he developed the K-ration. The rations weighed on 28oz, but provided 3200 calories per day.
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