Daniel Nathans

About Daniel Nathans

Who is it?: Microbiologist
Birth Day: October 30, 1928
Birth Place: Wilmington, Delaware, US, United States
Died On: November 16, 1999(1999-11-16) (aged 71)\nBaltimore, Maryland
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Education: University of Delaware (BS) Washington University in St. Louis (MD)
Known for: Restriction enzymes
Spouse(s): Joanne Gomberg
Awards: NAS Award in Molecular Biology (1976) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1978) National Medal of Science (1993)
Fields: Microbiology
Institutions: Johns Hopkins University

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Daniel Nathans was bornon October 30, 1928 in Wilmington, Delaware, US, United States, is Microbiologist. Daniel Nathans was an American microbiologist who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 along with Hamilton Othanel Smith of the United States and Werner Arber of Switzerland. They were awarded the prize for the discovery of ‘restriction enzymes’ which can be used to break the molecules of DNA into small manageable portions so that the characteristics can be studied better. This discovery later became the basic tool for research in genetics. Smith had isolated the bacterium called ‘Haemophilus influenzae’ earlier which was used by Nathans in the investigations he carried out in relation to the structure of the DNA of the ‘simian virus 40’ or ‘SV40’. This virus was the simplest one known for causing cancerous tumors. Nathans constructed a genetic map of the virus which helped in identifying the molecular structure of a cancer cell with the help of the ‘restriction enzymes’. He also took part in developing prenatal procedures for testing genetic diseases such as ‘sickle cell anemia’ and ‘cystic fibrosis’. He received many awards and honors for his work and was known as an outstanding mentor, teacher and researcher. He was also an able administrator and could execute his administrative work in a fair, thoughtful, deliberate and clear-headed manner.
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Biography/Timeline

1950

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.

1957

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.

1962

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.

1982

In 1982 Johns Hopkins University made Nathans a University Professor, a position in which he served until his death in 1999. He also became a senior investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute unit at the School of Medicine in 1982.

1995

From 1995-1996 Nathans served as the interim President of Johns Hopkins University.

1999

In January 1999, Johns Hopkins University established the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, a multidisciplinary clinical and research center named for Nathans and pioneering medical Geneticist Victor McKusick. Nathans was also given six honorary doctorates over the span of his career.