Famous Molecular Biologists - List of Famous Molecular Biologists

Molecular biologists study biology at the molecular level. Molecular biology is a field of biology that deals with the biochemical processes within living cells such as DNA, RNA, protein biosynthesis and genetic coding. Even though considered a distinct discipline, molecular biology overlaps with other scientific fields like biology and chemistry; several techniques and concepts of genetics and biochemistry are applicable to this science as well. Molecular biologists have in-depth knowledge of cell physiology, genetics and biochemistry which help them in analyzing the cell processes and codes in living organisms, including human beings. They use sophisticated equipment like DNA synthesizers, cloning kits, electron guns and temperature cyclers. They study the molecular basis of genetic variations, heredity and gene expressions to determine how some biological traits are passed on from generation to generation. By analyzing the cellular makeup of bacteria and viruses, they help doctors in understanding how these microorganisms cause diseases, and how they can be treated. Molecular biologists work primarily in laboratories and may be employed in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, colleges, environmental organizations, etc. to name a few. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous molecular biologists from all over the world.

The Most Famous Molecular Biologists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Francis CrickJune 8, 1916BritishFrancis Crick was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist, who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine
James WatsonApril 6, 1928AmericanJames Watson is an American molecular biologist and geneticist who played a crucial role in the discovery of the molecular structure of D.N.A
Walter GilbertMarch 21, 1932AmericanWalter Gilbert is an American biochemist and physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980
Sidney AltmanMay 7, 1939Canadian, AmericanSidney Altman is a Canadian-American molecular biologist who was bestowed with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989
Arthur KornbergMarch 3, 1918AmericanArthur Kornberg was an American biochemist
Max PerutzMay 19, 1914BritishMax Ferdinand Perutz was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist who was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize for Chemistry’ in 1962
Susumu TonegawaSeptember 6, 1939JapaneseSusumu Tonegawa is a Japanese molecular biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987
Philip Allen SharpJune 6, 1944AmericanPhilip Allen Sharp is an American geneticist and molecular biologist who co-discovered RNA splicing
Richard J. RobertsSeptember 6, 1943BritishRichard J
Philip Allen Sharp

Philip Allen Sharp

Philip Allen Sharp is an American geneticist and molecular biologist who co-discovered RNA splicing

AmericanJune 6, 1944112 views

Sidney Altman

Sidney Altman is a Canadian-American molecular biologist who was bestowed with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989

CanadianMay 7, 1939129 views

Walter Gilbert

Walter Gilbert is an American biochemist and physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980

AmericanMarch 21, 1932144 views

Max Perutz

Max Ferdinand Perutz was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist who was awarded the ‘Nobel Prize for Chemistry’ in 1962

BritishMay 19, 1914126 views

Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa is a Japanese molecular biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987

Arthur Kornberg

Arthur Kornberg was an American biochemist

AmericanMarch 3, 1918127 views

James Watson

James Watson is an American molecular biologist and geneticist who played a crucial role in the discovery of the molecular structure of D.N.A

AmericanApril 6, 1928159 views

Francis Crick

Francis Crick was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist, who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine

BritishJune 8, 1916167 views