Sidney Altman Biography
Birthday: May 7, 1939 (Taurus)
Born In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sidney Altman is a Canadian-American molecular biologist who was conferred with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989 for his revolutionary discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA. Altman’s discovery was very crucial as it thrashed the age-old scientific belief that protein molecules were responsible for the catalytic activity of the complex while RNA served merely as a passive carrier. His discovery opened new avenues in scientific research and biotechnology that helped scientists think how cells actually function. His discovery also led to a new hypotheses regarding the emergence of RNA on Earth and the possibility that it was RNA that gave rise to Earth’s first life form. Altman’s success bears its roots to his early years. Coming from a family of meagre means, Altman did not let thefinancial shortcomings come in the way of his studies. He completed his bachelor’s from MIT and later worked at the MRC laboratory. Apart from making crucial scientific discovery, Altman has served in various academic posts at Yale University, finally taking up full professorship in 1980. Currently, Altman serves as the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology and Chemistry at the University.