List of Famous Biochemists People

List of Famous Biochemists

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List of famous biochemists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top biochemists in the world? This includes the most prominent biochemists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable biochemists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic biochemists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned biochemists.

Examples of people on this list include Linus Pauling and Peggy Whitson.

From reputable, prominent, and well known biochemists to the lesser known biochemists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the biochemist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous biochemists ever?" and "What are the names of famous biochemists?" then you're in the right place. (105 items)


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    Isaac Asimov
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    Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
    • Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: I, Robot, Bicentennial Man, Probe, Nightfall
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    Linus Pauling
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    Linus Carl Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. Pauling was one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1901-1994)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Quantum chemist
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    Peggy Whitson
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    Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first female ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Astronaut, Biomedical sciences
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    Shannon Lucid
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    Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid is an American biochemist and a retired NASA astronaut. At one time, she held the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman. She has flown in space five times including a prolonged mission aboard the Mir space station in 1996; she is ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: China, Shanghai
    • Profession: Biochemist, Astronaut
    • Credits: The Wild Blue Yonder, Mission to Mir: IMAX
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    Lawrence J. DeLucas
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    James "Larry" DeLucas is an American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a Payload Specialist. He was born on July 11, 1950 in Syracuse, New York, and is currently married with three children. His recreational interests include basketball, scuba diving, bowling, model ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist
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    Gerty Cori
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    Gerty Theresa Cori was an American biochemist who became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Cori was born in Prague. Growing up at a time when women were marginalized in science and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1896-1957)
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist, Scientist
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    Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., or Mila Rechcigl, is a trained biochemist, nutritionist and cancer researcher, writer, editor, historian, bibliographer and genealogist. He was one of the founders and past President for many years of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist, Historian, Researcher, Nutritionist, + more
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    Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, Researcher, + more
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    Roger Yonchien Tsien is an American biochemist. He is a professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego. He was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry "for his discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein with two other chemists: Martin ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Educator, Professor
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    Joseph Needham
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    Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham, CH, FRS, FBA, also known as Li Yuese, was a British scientist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese science. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1941, and as a fellow of the British Academy in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1900-1995)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist, Historian, Professor, Scientist, + more
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    Pehr Harbury
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    Pehr A. B. Harbury is an American biochemist, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University. He is a native of Menlo Park. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA, and from Harvard Medical School, with a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry in 1994.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Profession: Biochemist, Professor
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    Norman R. Pace

    Norman Richard Pace, Jr. is an American biochemist, and is Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. He is principal investigator at the Pace lab. He graduated from Indiana University with an A.B., and from the University of Illinois with a ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Profession: Biochemist
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    Laura L. Kiessling

    Laura L. Kiessling is an American chemist, Steenbock Professor of Chemistry and Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on elucidating and exploiting the mechanisms of cell surface recognition processes, ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Lake Mills, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist
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    Virginia "Ginny" Heinlein, born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld, was a chemist, biochemist, engineer, and the third wife of Robert A. Heinlein, a prominent and successful author once known as one of the "Big Three" of science fiction.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1916-2003)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist
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    Kun-Liang Guan

    Kun-Liang Guan, is a Chinese-born American biochemist. He won the MacArthur Award in 1998.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: China
    • Profession: Biochemist
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    Christopher J Chetsanga is a preeminent Zimbabwean scientist who is a member of the African Academy of Sciences.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Murewa, Zimbabwe
    • Profession: Biochemist, Educator, Molecular Biologist, Professor, Scientist
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    Martin Rodbell
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    Martin Rodbell was an American biochemist and molecular endocrinologist who is best known for his discovery of G-proteins. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alfred G. Gilman for "their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells." ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1925-1998)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist, Scientist
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    Edward Adelbert Doisy
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    Edward Adelbert Doisy was an American biochemist. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1943 with Henrik Dam for their discovery of vitamin K and its chemical structure. Doisy was born in Hume, Illinois, on November 13, 1893. He completed his A.B. degree in 1914 and his M.S. degree in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1893-1986)
    • Birthplace: Hume, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Teacher
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    Bruce Michael Alberts is an American biochemist known for his work in science public policy and as an original author of Molecular Biology of the Cell. Alberts, noted particularly for his study of the protein complexes which enable chromosome replication when living cells divide, was Editor-in-Chief of ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Biochemist, Chemist
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    Elmer Verner McCollum
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    Elmer Verner McCollum ForMemRS was an American biochemist known for his work on the influence of diet on health.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1879-1967)
    • Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Chemist
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