Walter Gilbert

Walter Gilbert


Walter Gilbert is an American biochemist and  Nobel laureate born on 21 March 1932, In Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Family Background:

He is the son of Richard V. Gilbert, an economist, and his wife Emma, a child psychologist.

Personal Life:

In 1953, Walter married Celia Stone. The couple has two children.


He had been educated at the Sidwell Friends School. Later had attended the Harvard University and earned the baccalaureate in chemistry and physics in 1953 and completed his Master degree in 1954. In 1957, He studied at the University of Cambridge to earn Ph.D. in Physics.


In 1958, Walter returned to Harvard and joined the faculty as physics. In 1959, He had been promoted to the assistant professor of Physics. During that time, Walter’s wife had begun work for James Watson, who was a prominent molecular biologist. Later Walter had also worked with Watson, and they two-ran their laboratory jointly together for several years. In 1964, Gilbert had become associate professor of Biochemistry and again promoted as professor of biochemistry. He had performed vital research on RNA and DNA to develop a technique of using gel electrophoresis to read the nucleotide sequences of DNA segments. In 1985, He had been made the first chairman of the company’s board of directors. In 1992, after retirement from Harvard, He founded Myriad Genetics and he served as director and vice chairman of the board. He is the member of the Board of Scientific Governors at “The Scripps Research Institute” and also serves as Chairman of the Harvard Society of fellow.

Unknown Facts:

  • He had shared his Nobel Prize with Frederick Sanger.
  • He loved science from the early age.

Master Stroke:

  • Walter had played a major role in the determination of the base sequence in the nucleic acids.
  • He developed a technique of using gel electrophoresis to read nucleotide sequences of DNA segments.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1969, He awarded Ledlie Prize.
  • In 1979, He received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.
  • In 1980, Walter and Frederick Sanger were jointly awarded one-half of the Nobel prize in Chemistry.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Walter Gilbert, Always do your work with honestly. Give respect to everyone.

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