Werner Arber

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Swiss microbiologist and geneticist

Why Is Werner Arber Influential?

Werner Arber is a geneticist and microbiologist. He studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Geneva. His doctorate was completed at the University of Geneva, where he studied electron microscopy and lambda bacteriophages.

Arber has worked with students, scientists and researchers at the University of Southern California, the University of Geneva, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Basel.

He was among the first to work in the University of Basel’s new interdisciplinary research center, the Biozentrum. His work on restriction endonucleases (and arguably his experience working with Daisy Roulland-Dussoix, a Ph.D. student) led to a shared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

He has provided exceptional scientific leadership, serving as a member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Scientific Board and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he became the first protestant to be appointed as President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He is co-founder of the World Cultural Council and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Arber has been generous with his time, sharing his expertise and knowledge with future scientists through the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Through these interactions, he is able to mentor young scientists and nurture a spirit of inquiry and deep curiosity.

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According to Wikipedia, Werner Arber is a Swiss microbiologist and geneticist. Along with American researchers Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans, Werner Arber shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction endonucleases. Their work would lead to the development of recombinant DNA technology.

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