Famous Biochemists - List of Famous Biochemists

Biochemists study the structure, composition, chemical processes and chemical reactions in living organisms. They analyze the chemical reactions in the cells and tissues of living things, study the expression of genes, and research on the effects of food, medicine and other substances on living tissues. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field and encompasses elements of molecular biology, molecular genetics, microbiology, and organic and inorganic chemistry. Pure research in biochemistry is conducted to further human knowledge of the subject while applied research is conducted to solve practical problems. The work of biochemists is applicable to a variety of fields like medicine, food science, agriculture and industry. In human and veterinary medicine, biochemists analyze drug function and mechanism, and help in the development of new drugs. Biochemists engaged in agriculture and food science determine the chemical composition of foods to explore different sources of nutritious food, and study the effects of herbicides and other chemicals on crop plants. They use advanced tools and techniques like radioactive isotopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, electron microscopes and specialized software to perform experiments. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous biochemists from all over the world.

The Most Famous Biochemists

Gerty CoriAugust 15, 1896AmericanGerty Theresa Cori was a Nobel Prize winning biochemist who discovered the catalytic conversion of glycogen
Charles BestFebruary 27, 1899Canadian, AmericanCharles Best was a great scientist and a renowned physiologist who is remembered for being the co-discoverer of insulin
Robert HuberFebruary 20, 1937GermanRobert Huber is a German biochemist and Nobel Laureate
Severo OchoaSeptember 14, 1905SpanishSevero Ochoa was a Spanish physician and biochemist who won the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Isaac AsimovJanuary 2, 1920AmericanIsaac Asimov was an American professor of biochemistry and a renowned author of science fiction and popular science books
Linus PaulingFebruary 28, 1901AmericanLinus Pauling was a scientist, chemist, bio-chemist and peace activist best known for his work in the field of ‘quantum chemistry’ and ‘molecular biology’
Louis PasteurDecember 27, 1822FrenchLouis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist who developed the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax
Cesar MilsteinOctober 8, 1927ArgentinianCesar Milstein was an Argentinian biochemist who received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of monoclonal antibody
Otto Fritz MeyerhofApril 12, 1884GermanOtto Fritz Meyerhof was a German physician and biochemist who won the 1922 Nobel Prize in Medicine
Dorothy HodgkinMay 12, 1910BritishDorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was a Nobel Prize winning British biochemist, well-known for her work on the structure of penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12
Paul D. Boyer

Paul D. Boyer

Paul D Boyer is an American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997

AmericanJuly 31, 191878 views

Michael Smith (Chemist)

Michael Smith was a British-born Canadian biochemist who won a share of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

CanadianApril 26, 1932132 views

Martin Rodbell

Martin Rodbell was an American biochemist and molecular endocrinologist who received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Johann Deisenhofer

Johann Deisenhofer is a German biochemist who determined the three-dimensional structure of the photosynthetic reaction center

GermanSeptember 30, 194393 views

Hartmut Michel

Hartmut Michel is a German biochemist who won with Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988

GermanJuly 18, 1948108 views