Thomas Cech Net Worth

Thomas Cech was born on December 08, 1947 in Chicago, USA, United States, is Chemist. Thomas Robert Cech is an American chemist who was jointly awarded the ‘Nobel Prize in Chemistry’ in 1989 along with American molecular biologist Sidney Altman, for his pioneering discovery of the part that ribonucleic acid (RNA), a polymeric molecule, plays as a molecule of hereditary as also of its catalytic properties. He found out that RNA, one of the nucleic acids, has the capacity to cut fine threads of RNA, a finding which displayed that there is a possibility that life was initiated as RNA. His contributing research works also included examination of telomeres, an area of repetitious nucleotide series present at all the ends of a chromosome that shields the chromosome ends from deteriorating and also from synthesizing with other chromosomes. Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), a catalytic subunit of the enzyme telomerase, which is part of the procedure to restore telomeres following their reduction at the time of cell division, was discovered in his lab. He received several awards and recognition for his scientific contributions. These included the ‘Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize’ from ‘Columbia University’ and the ‘Heineken Prize’ from the ‘Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences’ in 1988; the ‘National Medal of Science’ from the President of the United States in 1995; and the ‘Othmer Gold Medal’ in 2007 presented together by the ‘Chemical Heritage Foundation’, the ‘American Chemical Society’ (ACS), the ‘Société de Chimie Industrielle’ (American section), ‘The Chemists’ Club’ and the ‘American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE).
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Age, Biography and Wiki

Who is it? Chemist
Birth Day December 08, 1947
Birth Place Chicago, USA, United States
Age 73 YEARS OLD
Birth Sign Capricorn
Alma mater Grinnell College (B.A., 1970) University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1975) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Postdoctoral)
Known for Ribozyme
Awards Newcomb Cleveland Prize (1986) NAS Award in Molecular Biology (1987) Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1989) National Medal of Science (1995) Othmer Gold Medal (2007)
Institutions University of Colorado, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Awards and nominations:

Cech's work has been recognised by many awards and prizes including: lifetime Professorship by the American Cancer Society (1987), the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University (1988), the Heineken Prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1988), the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (1988), the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1989, shared with Sidney Altman) and the National Medal of Science (1995). In 1987, Cech was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences and in 1988 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he received the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to progress in chemistry and science.

Biography/Timeline

1966

In 1966, he entered Grinnell College where he studied Homer's Odyssey, Dante's Inferno, constitutional history and chemistry. He married his organic chemistry lab partner, Carol Lynn Martinson, and graduated with a B.A. in 1970.

1970

Cech's main research area is that of the process of transcription in the nucleus of cells. He studies how the genetic code of DNA is transcribed into RNA. In the 1970s, Cech had been studying the splicing of RNA in the unicellular organism Tetrahymena thermophila when he discovered that an unprocessed RNA molecule could splice itself. In 1982, Cech became the first to show that RNA molecules are not restricted to being passive carriers of genetic information – they can have catalytic functions and can participate in cellular reactions. RNA-processing reactions and protein synthesis on ribosomes in particular are catalysed by RNA. RNA enzymes are known as ribozymes and have provided a new tool for gene Technology. They also have the potential to provide new therapeutic agents – for Example, they have the ability to destroy and cleave invading, viral RNAs.

1987

Cech's work has been recognised by many awards and prizes including: lifetime Professorship by the American Cancer Society (1987), the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University (1988), the Heineken Prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1988), the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (1988), the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1989, shared with Sidney Altman) and the National Medal of Science (1995). In 1987, Cech was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences and in 1988 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he received the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to progress in chemistry and science.

2008

In 1975, Cech completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and in the same year, he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he engaged in postdoctoral research. In 1978, he obtained his first faculty position at the University of Colorado where he lectured undergraduate students in chemistry and biochemistry, and where he remains on the faculty, currently as Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2000, Cech succeeded Purnell Choppin as President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland. He also continues to head his biochemistry laboratory, the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Cech continues to teach undergraduate chemistry at CU-Boulder. On April 1, 2008, Cech announced that he would step down as the President of HHMI, to return to teaching and research, in spring 2009.