April 2010

Marshall Nirenberg (1927–2010)

“Despite his reputation for modesty, Dr. Nirenberg inspired generations of students and scholars who devoted their careers to studying the ‘code of life,’ genetics and neurobiology,” said Francis S. Collins, director of the NIH. “He not only was a scientist’s scientist, but a mentor’s mentor. During his life, he was awarded virtually every high honor reserved for science and medicine. Just last fall, in an occasion marked by a symposium in his honor, the American Chemical Society designated Dr. Nirenberg’s work as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.”

Nicole Kresge (nkresge@asbmb.org) is the editor of ASBMB Today.

 

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