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List of Famous Molecular Biologists

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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. {#nodes}
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  • Christopher Chetsanga

    Christopher J. Chetsanga (born 1935 in Murehwa, Rhodesia) is a prominent Zimbabwean scientist who is a member of the African Academy of Sciences....  more
  • Joshua Lederberg, ForMemRS (May 23, 1925 – February 2, 2008) was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes (bacterial conjugation). He shared the prize with Edward Tatum and George Beadle, who won for their work with genetics. In addition to his contributions to biology, Lederberg did extensive research in artificial intelligence. This included work in the NASA experimental programs seeking life on Mars and the chemistry expert system Dendral....  more
  • William Thomas Astbury FRS (also Bill Astbury; 25 February 1898, Longton – 4 June 1961, Leeds) was an English physicist and molecular biologist who made pioneering X-ray diffraction studies of biological molecules. His work on keratin provided the foundation for Linus Pauling's discovery of the alpha helix. He also studied the structure for DNA in 1937 and made the first step in the elucidation of its structure....  more
  • Carolyn Widney "Carol" Greider (born April 15, 1961) is an American molecular biologist and Nobel laureate. She is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Daniel Nathans Professor, and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University. She discovered the enzyme telomerase in 1984, while she was a graduate student of Elizabeth Blackburn at the University of California, Berkeley. Greider pioneered research on the structure of telomeres, the ends of the chromosomes. She was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak, for their discovery that telomeres are protected from progressive shortening by the enzyme telomerase....  more