Ada Yonath
#1326 Overall Influence

Ada Yonath

Israeli chemist

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Yonath is Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1962, her master’s in biochemistry in 1964, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1968.

Yonath is a crystallographer, a branch of chemistry that studies the arrangement of atoms in crystalline solids. Yonath has applied crystallographic techniques to the study of the ribosome, which has resulted in pioneering research in that area. In 2009, Yonath won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the structure and function of the ribosome (along with two colleagues). She became the first Israeli woman ever to win the Nobel Prize as well as the first woman in 45 years to win in the Chemistry field.

Yonath has held postdoctoral positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. She founded the first protein crystallography laboratory in Israel, has been visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, and also directed a Max-Plank Institute Research Unit in Hamburg Germany. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Yonath won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2006, and many other awards during her long and distinguished career.

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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israeli university in Jerusalem

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Weizmann Institute of Science

Public research university in Rehovot, Israel

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Karolinska Institute
Karolinska Institute

Medical university located in Stockholm, Sweden

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#201 World Rank
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