List of Famous Biochemists

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 famous biochemistry scientists 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. 
  • Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. ...more
  • Linus Carl Pauling (; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, educator, and husband of American human rights activist Ava Helen Pauling. He ...more
  • Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, retired NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended ...more
  • Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid (born January 14, 1943) 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 ...more
  • Lawrence James "Larry" DeLucas (O. D., Ph.D.) 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 ...more
  • Gerty Theresa Cori (née Radnitz; August 15, 1896 – October 26, 1957) was a Jewish Austro-Hungarian-American biochemist who in 1947 was the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, (born 26 November 1948) is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Previously she was a ...more
  • Roger Yonchien Tsien (Chinese: 錢永健; February 1, 1952 – August 24, 2016) was a Chinese-American biochemist. He was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego ...more
  • Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (; 9 December 1900 – 24 March 1995) was a British biochemist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese ...more
  • Pehr A. B. Harbury (born 1965) 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, ...more
  • Norman Richard Pace Jr. (born 1942) is an American biochemist, and is Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. He is principal ...more
  • Laura Lee Kiessling (born 21 September 1960) is an American chemist and the Novartis Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kiessling's research focuses on elucidating ...more
  • Virginia "Ginny" Heinlein (April 22, 1916 – January 18, 2003), born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld, was an American chemist, biochemist, engineer, and the third wife of Robert A. Heinlein, a prominent ...more
  • Kun-Liang Guan (Chinese: 管坤良; pinyin: Guǎn Kūnliǎng; born 1963), is a Chinese-born American biochemist. He won the MacArthur Award in 1998.
  • Christopher J. Chetsanga (born 1935 in Murehwa, Rhodesia) is a prominent Zimbabwean scientist who is a member of the African Academy of Sciences.
  • Martin Rodbell (December 1, 1925 – December 7, 1998) was an American biochemist and molecular endocrinologist who is best known for his discovery of G-proteins. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in ...more
  • Edward Adelbert Doisy (November 13, 1893 – October 23, 1986) was an American biochemist. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1943 with Henrik Dam for their discovery of vitamin ...more
  • Bruce Michael Alberts (born April 14, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American biochemist and the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the ...more
  • Elmer Verner McCollum (March 3, 1879 – November 15, 1967) was an American biochemist known for his work on the influence of diet on health. McCollum is also remembered for starting the first rat ...more
  • Otto Fritz Meyerhof (April 12, 1884 – October 6, 1951) was a German physician and biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1922.
  • Eugene Huu-Chau "Gene" Trinh (Vietnamese: Trịnh Hữu Châu, born September 14, 1950) is a Vietnamese American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a Payload Specialist, ...more
  • Norman George Heatley OBE (10 January 1911 – 5 January 2004) was an English biologist and biochemist. He was member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman ...more
  • Michael J. Behe ( BEE-hee; born January 18, 1952) is an American biochemist, author, and advocate of the pseudoscientific principle of intelligent design (ID). He serves as professor of biochemistry ...more
  • Wendell L. Roelofs (born July 26, 1938) was the first researcher to characterize insect sex pheromone structures, developing microchemical techniques for the isolation and identification of pheromone ...more