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Daniel M. Nathans M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1978
Nobel co-recipients Werner Arber, Hamilton O. Smith
National Medal of Science - Biological Sciences 1993

Physician, Molecular Biologist - Genetics. Restriction enzymes and their application to molecular genetics. Groundwork for human genome project, drug insulin. Able administrator - high signal-to-noise ratio.

"Valuable internship year in medicine with masterful clinician Robert Loeb; The glimpses of human strength and frailty that a physician sees are still with me."


Daniel Nathan's interest was scientific research. His hobbies were reading history and fiction. He spent time with his wife Joanne and three sons - Eli is a lawyer turned historian, Ben is a Russian historian, and Jeremy is a molecular biologist and neuroscientist.

Daniel Nathans as teenager, leaning on tree stump, 1942-1945.Photo: National Library of Medicine, USA

Name: Daniel M. Nathans
Birth: 30 October 1928, Wilmington, DE, USA
Death: 16 November 1999, Baltimore, MD, USA
Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Award: "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics"
Subject: Genetics, molecular biology
Portion of cash: 1/3
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