Famous American Biophysicists

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 1 James Watson

James Watson.
Famous As: Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

James Watson is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and zoologist. He is credited with co-authoring the academic paper that propounded the double helix structure of nucleic acids such as DNA for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. In 1977, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.

 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.

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 3 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.

 4 W.E. Moerner

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

 5 Alexander Rich

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

 6 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

 7 Donald Griffin

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

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