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Daniel M. Nathans M.D.

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."


Though widely acknowledged as an outstanding researcher, teacher, and mentor, Nathans was also an able administrator--thoughtful, fair, deliberate, and clearheaded. One colleague noted that Nathans had "the highest signal-to-noise ratio of anyone" he'd ever known.

Daniel Nathans, A Biographical Memoir by Daniel Dimaio, National Academy Press, 2001, 19 pages.

Daniel Nathans, Biographical Memoir by his Graduate Student Kathleen J. Danna, Proceedings of The American Philosophical Society Vol. 154, No. 3, Sep 2010, 19 pages.

Daniel Nathans, Biographical Information

Daniel Nathans, Washington University School of Medicine, Oral history project, Text and Audio.

Danna and Nathans: Restriction enzymes and the boon to modern molecular biology by Christen Brownlee, The National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Vol 102, No.17, 1 page, 26 Apr 2005.

Obituary, Daniel Nathans, 71, Pioneer in DNA Research by Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, Nov 18, 1999.

TWiSH - The death of Daniel Nathans, The Naked Scientists, 16th Nov 2009. Text and Audio.

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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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