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List of famous molecular biologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top molecular biologists in the world? This includes the most prominent molecular biologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable molecular biologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic molecular biologists 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 molecular biologists.

List people include Joshua Lederberg, Jacques Monod and many additional people as well.

From reputable, prominent, and well known molecular biologists to the lesser known molecular biologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the molecular biologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous molecular biologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous molecular biologists?" then you're in the right place. (34 items)
James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Molecular Biologists
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James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries ...more

Age: 89

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Geneticist, Biologist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, + more

Credits: The Race for the Double Helix

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Elizabeth Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Molecular Biologists
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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

Age: 68

Birthplace: Hobart, Australia

Profession: Biochemist, Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, Researcher, + more

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Napoleone Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Molecular Biologists
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Napoleone Ferrara, M.D., is an Italian-American molecular biologist who joined University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center in 2013 after a storied career in Northern California at the biotechnology giant Genentech, where he pioneered development of new treatments for cancer and ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Catania, Italy

Profession: Molecular Biologist

Leonard Adleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Molecular Biologists
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Leonard Max Adleman is an American theoretical computer scientist and professor of computer science and molecular biology at the University of Southern California. He is known for being a co-inventor of the RSA cryptosystem in 1977, and of DNA computing. RSA is in widespread use in security ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Molecular Biologist, Computer scientist, Cryptographer

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