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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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Shannon Lucid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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. ...more

Lawrence J. DeLucas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Gerty Cori is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Mila Rechcigl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Elizabeth Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Roger Y. Tsien is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Joseph Needham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Pehr Harbury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Norman R. Pace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Laura L. Kiessling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Virginia Heinlein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Kun-Liang Guan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Kun-Liang Guan Kun-Liang Guan, is a Chinese-born American biochemist. He won the MacArthur Award in 1998.

Christopher Chetsanga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Christopher J Chetsanga is a preeminent Zimbabwean scientist who is a member of the African Academy of Sciences.

Martin Rodbell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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. ...more

Edward Adelbert Doisy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Bruce Alberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
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 ...more

Elmer Verner McCollum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Elmer Verner McCollum ForMemRS was an American biochemist known for his work on the influence of diet on health.

Otto Fritz Meyerhof is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Otto Fritz Meyerhof ForMemRS was a German physician and biochemist.

Eugene H. Trinh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Eugene Huu-Chau "Gene" Trinh is a Vietnamese American biochemist who flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50 as a Payload Specialist, becoming the first Vietnamese American

Norman Heatley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Norman George Heatley was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman Heatley developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying ...more

Michael Behe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Michael J. Behe is an American biochemist, author, and intelligent design advocate. He currently serves as professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and as a senior fellow ...more

Wendell L. Roelofs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Wendell L. Roelofs was the first researcher to characterize insect sex pheromone structures, developing microchemical techniques for the isolation and identification of pheromone components. ...more

Alexander Oparin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Alexander Ivanovich Oparin was a Soviet biochemist notable for his untested theories about the origin of life, and for his book The Origin of Life. He also studied the biochemistry of material ...more

Stanley Cohen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Stanley Cohen is an American biochemist who, along with Rita Levi-Montalcini, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1986.

Lafayette Mendel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Lafayette Benedict Mendel was an American biochemist known for his work in nutrition including the study of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, lysine and tryptophan.

Aila Keto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Aila Inkeri Keto AO is founder and President of the Rainforest Conservation Society in Queensland, Australia, now known as the Australia Rainforest Conservation Society. Born in Tully, ...more

Nadrian Seeman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Nadrian C. "Ned" Seeman is an American nanotechnologist and crystallographer known for inventing the field of DNA nanotechnology. Seeman studied biochemistry at the University of ...more

Allan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Allan Charles Wilson was a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in the use of molecular approaches to understand evolutionary change and reconstruct ...more

Frederick Sanger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Frederick Sanger, OM, CH, CBE, FRS, FAA was a British biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry twice, one of only two people to have done so in the same category, the fourth person ...more

Casimir Funk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Kazimierz Funk, commonly anglicized as Casimir Funk, was a Polish biochemist, generally credited with being among the first to formulate the concept of vitamins, which he called "vital ...more

Robert Huber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Robert Huber ForMemRS is a German biochemist and Nobel laureate.

David Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
David Baker is an American biochemist and computational biologist who studies methods to predict and design the three-dimensional structures of proteins. He is a Professor of Biochemistry at the ...more

Harold Copp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Douglas Harold Copp, CC FRSC was a Canadian scientist who discovered and named the hormone calcitonin, which is used in the treatment of bone disease. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received his ...more

Charles Glen King is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Charles Glen King was an American biochemist who was a pioneer in the field of nutrition research and who isolated vitamin C at the same time as Albert Szent-Györgyi. A biography of King ...more

Evangelina Villegas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Evangelina Villegas is a Mexican cereal biochemist whose work with maize led to the development of high-quality protein maize. She and her colleague, Dr. Surinder Vasal, shared the 2000 World ...more

Mark Whitacre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Mark Edward Whitacre came to public attention in 1995 when, as president of the BioProducts Division at Archer Daniels Midland based in Decatur, Illinois, he was the highest-level corporate ...more

Sune Bergström is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Karl Sune Detlof Bergström was a Swedish biochemist. In 1975, he was appointed to the Nobel Foundation Board of Directors in Sweden. In 1975, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize ...more

Henry A. Lardy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Henry A. Lardy was a biochemist and professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1958. Research ...more

Lancelot Ware is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Lancelot Lionel Ware OBE was an English barrister and biochemist, he is most well known as the co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, with the ...more

Mary Ann Leeper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Biochemists

John Jacob Abel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
John Jacob Abel was an influential American biochemist and pharmacologist.

Alberto Granado is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Alberto Granado Jiménez was an Argentine–Cuban biochemist, doctor, writer, and scientist. He was also the youthful friend and traveling companion of Che Guevara during their 1952 ...more

Zheng Ji is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Zheng Ji was a nutritionist and a pioneering biochemist from Nanxi, Sichuan province, China. He was reputed to be the world's oldest professor and the founder of modern nutrition science in ...more

Nick Lane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Nick Lane is a British biochemist and writer.

Felisa Wolfe-Simon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Felisa Wolfe-Simon is an American microbial geobiologist and biogeochemist. In 2010, Wolfe-Simon led a team that discovered GFAJ-1, an extremophile bacterium that they claimed was capable of ...more

Michael Denton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Michael John Denton is a British-Australian author and biochemist. In 1973, Denton received his PhD in Biochemistry from King's College London.

Michael Marletta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Biochemists
Michael A. Marletta is an American biochemist. He graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with an A.B. degree in biology and chemistry, and from the University of California, ...more