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biochemist , physicist , molecular biologist

Walter Gilbert, American physicist, biochemist, molecular biologist. Recipient Ledlie prize, Harvard University, 1969, Louisa Gross Horwitz prize, Columbia University, 1979, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award, 1979, Gairdner Foundation International award, 1979, Nobel prize in chemistry, 1980, New England Entrepreneur of Year award, Institute American Entrepreneurs, 1991.


GILBERT, Walter was born on March 21, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Richard V. Gilbert and Emma (nee Cohen) Gilbert.


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University, 1953. Master of Arts in Physics, Harvard University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, Cambridge University, 1957.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Chicago, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), Columbia University, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Rochester, 1979.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Yeshiva University, 1981.


National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1957-1958, physics lecturer, 1958-1959, assistant professor physics, 1959-1964, associate professor biophysics, 1964-1968, professor biochemistry, 1968-1972, American Cancer Society professor molecular biology, 1972-1981, professor biology, 1985-1986, H.H. Timken professor science, 1986-1987, chair department cellular and development biology, 1987-1993, Carl M. Loeb University professor, 1987—2005, Carl M. Loeb University professor emeritus, since 2005. V.D. Mattia lecturer Roche Institute Molecular Biology, Nutley, New Jersey, 1976. Co-founder, chair science board directors Biogen, Inc., 1978—1983, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 1981—1984.

Founding scientist, vice chairman board directors Myriad Genetics, Inc, since 1992. Member board science governers Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, since 1994. Co-founder, chairman Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc., since 1996.

Board directors, member science advisory board Memory Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1998—2008. Board directors Trankaryotic Therapies, Inc., 2000—2005. Managing partner BioVentures Investors, since 2001.


Member of National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society London (foreign), American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Society Biological Chemists, American Physical Society, Harvard Society Fellows (chairman).


Married Celia Stone, December 29, 1953. Children: John Richard, Kate.

Richard V. Gilbert

Emma (Cohen) Gilbert

Celia Stone

John Richard Gilbert

Kate Gilbert