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Published as Subject

Thomas Steitz

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Dates

August 23, 1940 – October 9, 2018

Authorized Form of Name

Steitz, Thomas, A.

Additional Forms of Names

Steitz, Thomas, 1940-

Steitz, Thomas, A., 1940-2018

Biography

Abstract

Thomas A. Steitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009, alongside Ada E. Yonath and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome." He was affiliated with Yale University for most of his career.

Important Dates

August 23, 1940Birth, Milwaukee (Wis.).

1962Obtained BSc in Chemistry, Lawrence College, Appleton (Wis.).

1966Obtained PhD in Biochemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1967 – 1970Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1970 – 2018Assistant Professor and Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven (Conn.).

1976 – 1977Macy Fellow, University of Gottingen (Universität Göttingen), Göttingen (Germany).

1980Awarded the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, American Chemical Society.

1984Fairchild Scholar, California Institute of Technology.

1986 – 2018Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

1990Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1992 – 1993Visiting Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2001Awarded the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2001Awarded the Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, Brandeis University.

2006Awarded the Keio Medical Science Prize, Keio University.

2009Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry alongside Ada E. Yonath and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".

October 9, 2018Death, New Haven (Conn.).

Occupation

Biochemist.

Places

Birth

Milwaukee (Wis.)

Undergraduate Education

Appleton (Wis.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (England)

New Haven (Conn.)

Death

New Haven (Conn.)

Subjects

Molecular biology.

Molecular chemistry.

X-ray crystallography.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Ban, Nenad

Collaborated on the structure of ribosomes, Yale University.

Blow, D. M. (David Merwyn)

Steitz was a part of Blow's research group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge.

Brünger, Axel-Thomas 1956-

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Doudna, Jennifer A.

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Fletterick, Robert J., 1943-

Advised by Steitz at Yale University.

Hartley, B. S.

Advisor at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge.

Henderson, Richard, 1945-

Collaborated on finding the structure of chymotrypsin complexes, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge.

Kaplan, Daniel L.

Advised by Steitz at Yale University.

Lipscomb, William N.

PhD advisor at Harvard University.

Moore, Peter B. 1939-

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Rice, Phoebe A.

Advised by Steitz at Yale University.

Richards, Frederic M. (Frederic Middlebrook)

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Richmond, Timothy J.

Advised by Steitz at Yale University.

Rosenberg, Robert M., 1926-

Advisor at Lawrence College.

Sigler, Paul B.

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Wyckoff, Harold W.

Collaborated on structural biology research, Yale University.

Additional

Perutz, Max F.

Ramakrishnan, Venki, 1952-

Shares 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."

Yonath, Ada

Shares 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology

Fairchild Distinguished Scholar.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Investigator.

University of Cambridge

Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

University of Colorado Boulder

Visiting Professor.

Yale University. Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Assistant Professor and Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Awarded the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (2001).

American Chemical Society

Awarded the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry (1980).

Brandeis University

Awarded the Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (2001).

Harvard University

Received PhD in Biochemistry (1966).

Keiō Gijuku Daigaku

Awarded the Keio Medical Science Prize (2006).

Lawrence College (Appleton, Wis.)

Received BSc In Chemistry (1962).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Universität Göttingen

Macy Fellow.

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

Chemistry World: Thomas Steitz, Nobel laureate who unlocked the inner working of the ribosome dies aged 78.

Thomas A. Steitz New York Times obituary.

Thomas A. Steitz Nobel Prize autobiography.

Yale News: Yale Researchers Solve Structure of the Ribosome: Groundbreaking Achievement 'Like Climbing Mount Everest.'

Yale University Thomas Steitz biographical sketch.