Sid Altman

Molecular Biology

Discovered catalytic RNA, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1989

"Don’t worry if things change. Just do what you do best."

Birthdate
May 7, 1939

Birthplace
Montreal, Quebec

Residence
New Haven, Connecticut

Family Members
  • Father, Victor Altman; Mother, Ray Arlin; has two children, one boy and one girl

Personality
Modest, quiet, loyal

Favorite Music
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

Title
Sterling Professor of Biology, Chair of Biology, Professor of Chemistry, Dean at Yale University

Office
Biology Department, Yale University, Connecticut, USA

Status
Working

Degrees
  • BSc (Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960
  • PhD (Biophysics) University of Colorado, 1967

Awards
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989
  • Rosenstiel Award for Basic Biomedical Research, 1989
  • National Institutes of Health Merit Award, 1989
  • Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, 1990

Mentor

Leonard Lerman, a professor of molecular biology at U. of Colorado who got him interested in molecular biology and introduced him to Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner.


Last Updated
October 5, 2010

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