Paul Berg

Paul Berg


Paul Berg, who is an American Biochemist and professor at Stanford University born on 30 June 1926, In Brooklyn, New York.

Family Background:

He is the son of Harry Berg, a clothing manufacturer, and his wife Sarah Brodsky was Homemaker.

Personal Life:

In 1947, Paul married Mildred Levy. The couple has one son.


In 1943, He had completed his High school education from Abraham Lincoln High School. Later he received the Bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the Penn State University in 1948, and also in 1952, He completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Case Western Reserve University.


After completing his study, he had received the postdoctoral training as An American Cancer Society research fellow, working with Herman Kalckar at the Institute of Cytophysiology in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1953 to 1954, He worked with biochemist Arthur Kornberg at Washington University, In Missouri. At there he had held the position of a scholar in cancer research from 1954 to 1957. During that time, In 1956, He became the assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and held that post till 1959. During the 1950s, Paul had been seriously involved in research on RNA and DNA substances. His investigations on actions of isolated genes basically led to the development of the method for gene splicing of recombinant DNA. From 1969 to 1974, Berg had been the chairman of the department of biochemistry at Stanford. He had been also the senior postdoctoral fellow of the National Science Foundation, and the Non-residential fellow of the Salk Institute from 1973 to 1983.

Unknown Facts:

  • He had shared his Nobel Prize with Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger.
  • He is the member of Beta Sigma Rho fraternity.

Master Stroke:

  • Paul is known for his development of the technique for gene splicing of recombinant DNA.
  • Paul is the first scientist who had created the molecule containing DNA from two different species by inserting the DNA from another species into molecules.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1966, He honored the National Academy of Sciences.
  • In 1980, He received the Nobel Prize.
  • In 1983, He honored the National Medal of Science
  • In 2006, He honored with the Wonderfests Carl Sagan Prize for Science.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Paul Berg, Focus on your career and work hard to become successful.

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