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Marshall Nirenberg Memorial Service

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Air date: Friday, October 8, 2010, 2:00:00 PM
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Category: Special
Runtime: 01:13:51
Description: Tribute and Memorial Service to Dr. Marshall Nirenber

Marshall Nirenberg, M.D., was a noted geneticist and winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He was the first NIH scientist to receive this honor.

Dr. Nirenberg, with co-winners Robert W. Holley and Har Gobind Khorana, was awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis." The world marveled as their work created a body of knowledge that forever changed human health, creating an explosion in the field of human genetics, and emphasizing the unity of all living things by their shared use of the same code. Marshall’s wish to explore turned into a revelation about biology that is almost unmatched in terms of its consequences for understanding of life.

Dr. Nirenberg also espoused many causes over his lifetime and recognized the important role played by science and scientists in society. With others, he propelled scientists to prominence as social and humanitarian advocates, not just in the prevention and treatment of disease, but as members of the world community at large, concerned with technology, the environment, politics, and economics.

Despite his reputation for modesty, Dr. Nirenberg inspired generations of students and scholars who devoted their careers to studying the "code of life," genetics, and neurobiology. He was not only a scientist’s scientist, but a mentor’s mentor. Over his life, he was awarded virtually every high honor reserved for science and medicine. Just last fall, in an occasion marked by a symposium in his honor, the American Chemical Society designated Dr. Nirenberg’s work as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.

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NLM Title: Marshall Nirenberg memorial service / Robert Balaban.
Author: Balaban, Robert Stephen.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
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Abstract: (CIT): Tribute and Memorial Service to Dr. Marshall Nirenber Marshall Nirenberg, M.D., was a noted geneticist and winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He was the first NIH scientist to receive this honor. Dr. Nirenberg, with co-winners Robert W. Holley and Har Gobind Khorana, was awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis." The world marveled as their work created a body of knowledge that forever changed human health, creating an explosion in the field of human genetics, and emphasizing the unity of all living things by their shared use of the same code. Marshall's wish to explore turned into a revelation about biology that is almost unmatched in terms of its consequences for understanding of life. Dr. Nirenberg also espoused many causes over his lifetime and recognized the important role played by science and scientists in society. With others, he propelled scientists to prominence as social and humanitarian advocates, not just in the prevention and treatment of disease, but as members of the world community at large, concerned with technology, the environment, politics, and economics. Despite his reputation for modesty, Dr. Nirenberg inspired generations of students and scholars who devoted their careers to studying the "code of life," genetics, and neurobiology. He was not only a scientist"s scientist, but a mentor"s mentor. Over his life, he was awarded virtually every high honor reserved for science and medicine. Just last fall, in an occasion marked by a symposium in his honor, the American Chemical Society designated Dr. Nirenberg"s work as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.
Subjects: Genetics
Nobel Prize
Physicians
United States
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NLM Classification: WZ 100
NLM ID: 101549184
CIT Live ID: 9704
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