|Who is it?||Microbiologist|
|Birth Day||October 30, 1928|
|Birth Place||Wilmington, Delaware, US, United States|
|Age||92 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||November 16, 1999(1999-11-16) (aged 71)\nBaltimore, Maryland|
|Education||University of Delaware (BS) Washington University in St. Louis (MD)|
|Known for||Restriction enzymes|
|Awards||NAS Award in Molecular Biology (1976) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1978) National Medal of Science (1993)|
|Institutions||Johns Hopkins University|
Nathans went to public schools and then to the University of Delaware, where he received his BS degree in chemistry in 1950. He received his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1954. After earning his MD degree, Nathans went to the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for a one-year medical internship with Robert Loeb.
Nathans returned to Columbia Presbyterian for a two-year residency in 1957, again on Robert Loeb's Service. He continued working on the Problem of protein synthesis as time allowed. In 1959, he decided to work on the research full time and became a research associate at Fritz Lipmann's lab at the Rockefeller Institute in New York.
In 1962, Nathans came to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of microbiology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and to professor in 1967. He became the Director of the microbiology department in 1972 and served in that position until 1982. In 1981, the department of microbiology was renamed the department of molecular biology and genetics.