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Walter Gilbert

Biochemist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist
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Net worth 2018: $3 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 21 March 1932
Sigh: Aries

Walter Gilbert was bornon 21 March 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, American, is Biochemist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist. Walter Gilbert is an American biochemist and physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980. He is also an internationally acclaimed pioneer in molecular biology. The son of a prominent economist and a psychologist, he grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment and developed a voracious appetite for reading. He loved science from an early age and as a young boy became a member of a minerological society and an astronomical society. While studying in high school he became drawn to inorganic chemistry and nuclear physics. A brilliant student, he was easily accepted into the Harvard University and graduated with a degree in physics. Then he proceeded to the Cambridge University for his doctorate and earned his Ph.D. in Physics under the supervision of the Nobel laureate Abdus Salam. He returned to Harvard to begin his academic career and joined the faculty as a lecturer in physics. Over the years he would serve as assistant professor of physics, associate professor of biophysics, and professor of biochemistry before becoming the American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology. In addition to his academic career, he is also a co-founder of the biotech start-up companies Biogen and Myriad Genetics. A multi-faceted personality, he launched an artistic career centered on digital photography post his retirement.


He also helped to found Paratek Pharmaceuticals (1996) and Memory Pharmaceuticals (1998) , which was geared toward developing cures for central nervous system disorders


A few years after his retirement from Harvard, he founded Myriad Genetics in 1992 and served as director and vice chairman of the board


During the 1980s he was one of the early proponents of sequencing the human genome and supported the Human Genome Project, a government-funded effort to compile a complete map of the gene sequences in human DNA


In 1979, he joined a group of other scientists and businessmen to form Biogen, a commercial genetic-engineering research corporation


In 1974, he became American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology at Harvard


In 1964 Gilbert became associate professor of biophysics and promoted again in 1968 to professor of biochemistry


During the late 1960s he successfully demonstrated the existence of a repressor in the bacterium Escherichia coli that prevents a gene from manufacturing a certain enzyme except when lactose is present


Walter Gilbert returned to Harvard and joined the faculty as a lecturer in physics in 1958 and was promoted to assistant professor of physics in 1959


in Physics, supervised by the Nobel laureate Abdus Salam, in 1957


He proceeded to the Harvard University for undergraduate and graduate studies and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics in 1953 and a master’s degree in physics in 1954


Walter Gilbert was born on March 21, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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