Walter Gilbert

Walter Gilbert
Born (1932-03-21) March 21, 1932 (age 85)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University, University of Cambridge
Awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Scientific career
Fields Biochemistry, physics
Institutions Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Abdus Salam
Doctoral students Gerald Guralnik

Walter Gilbert (born March 21, 1932) is an American physicist, biochemist, molecular biology pioneer, and Nobel laureate. He helped develop DNA sequence analysis.


Gilbert was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 21, 1932. [1] Gilbert attended Harvard University for undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a first degree in chemistry and physics in 1953 and a master's degree in physics in 1954. [1]

Gilbert's doctoral work was done at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD in mathematics under the mentorship of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam in 1957. [1]

Gilbert returned to Harvard in 1957 and promoted in 1968 to professor of biochemistry. [1] In 1969, Gilbert was given Harvard's Ledlie Prize. [1] In 1972, Gilbert was named American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology. [1]

He is a co-founder of the biotech start-up companies Biogen and Myriad Genetics. Gilbert is currently the chairman of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

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