Famous American Biophysicists

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 1 Joachim Frank

Joachim Frank
Famous As: Biophysicist
Birthdate: September 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weidenau, Siegen, Germany

 2 Walter Gilbert

Walter Gilbert
Famous As: Biochemist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: March 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

American molecular biologist and Nobel laureate Walter Gilbert pioneered research on the sequence of nucleotide links in DNA and RNA molecules. The Harvard and Cambridge alumnus later taught at Harvard. He also co-established firms dealing with genetic engineering and pharmaceutical research and was part of the Human Genome Project.

 3 Martin Karplus

Martin Karplus
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: March 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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 4 Bruce Alberts

Bruce Alberts
Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: April 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Bruce Alberts switched to biophysics at Harvard after getting bored with physical chemistry. He later led the NAS as its president and co-wrote iconic text books such as Molecular Biology of the Cell. Apart from teaching at Princeton and Harvard, he worked to improve science education in schools.

 5 Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel
Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: November 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kibbutz Sde-Nahum, Israel

Born in Israel, Arieh Warshel had been part of the Israeli Army before he moved to the U.S. for his PhD at Harvard University. His research on computational enzymology helped him create computer models of chemical reactions and earned him a Nobel Prize. He later established a computational biology institute.

 6 Georg von Békésy

Georg von Békésy
Famous As: Hungarian researcher
Birthdate: June 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: June 13, 1972

Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist Georg von Békésy revolutionized medical science with his discovery of how the cochlea, a part of the inner ear, affects sound reception. His initial research at the Hungarian Telephone System gave way to more intense studies at Harvard and the Karolinska Institute. He later taught at the University of Hawaii.

 7 W.E. Moerner

W.E. Moerner
Famous As: Physical Chemist
Birthdate: June 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pleasanton, California, United States
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 8 Alexander Rich

Alexander Rich
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: November 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 27, 2015

 9 Britton Chance

Britton Chance
Famous As: Biochemist, University teacher, Biophysicist
Birthdate: July 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Died: November 16, 2010

 10 Donald Griffin

Donald Griffin
Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: August 3, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: November 7, 2003

 11 Jerome Wolken

Jerome Wolken
Famous As: Biophysicist
Birthdate: March 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

 12 Toyoichi Tanaka

Toyoichi Tanaka
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagaoka, Japan
Died: May 20, 2000