Paul Berg

1926 - 2023

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Paul Berg (June 30, 1926 – February 15, 2023) was an American biochemist and professor at Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980, along with Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger. The award recognized their contributions to basic research involving nucleic acids, especially recombinant DNA. Berg received his undergraduate education at Penn State University, where he majored in biochemistry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Berg has received more than 350,211 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Paul Berg is the 103rd most popular chemist (up from 137th in 2019), the 651st most popular biography from United States (up from 978th in 2019) and the 14th most popular American Chemist.

Paul Berg was most famous for his discovery of the first recombinant DNA molecule in 1973.

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Among chemists, Paul Berg ranks 103 out of 602Before him are Karl Ziegler, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Carl Ferdinand Cori, Felix Hoffmann, William Giauque, and Stanford Moore. After him are Ernest Solvay, Robert Robinson, Konrad Emil Bloch, Richard R. Ernst, Fritz Strassmann, and Per Teodor Cleve.

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Among people born in 1926, Paul Berg ranks 35Before him are Leopoldo Galtieri, George Habash, John Coltrane, Beji Caid Essebsi, Allen Ginsberg, and Tsung-Dao Lee. After him are Harper Lee, Irwin Rose, Murray Rothbard, Valdas Adamkus, Mel Brooks, and Necmettin Erbakan. Among people deceased in 2023, Paul Berg ranks 43Before him are László Sólyom, Renata Scotto, Matthew Perry, Antonio Negri, William Friedkin, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. After him are Wolfgang Schäuble, Martin Amis, Karel Schwarzenberg, Rosalynn Carter, Pervez Musharraf, and Alan Arkin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Paul Berg ranks 651 out of 20,380Before him are D. B. Cooper (1931), George Beadle (1903), John Dillinger (1903), Alec Baldwin (1958), Lionel Richie (1949), and Stanford Moore (1913). After him are George Minot (1885), Gary Becker (1930), Matthew C. Perry (1794), John Glenn (1921), Billy Graham (1918), and Joe Louis (1914).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Paul Berg ranks 14Before him are Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Theodore William Richards (1868), James B. Sumner (1887), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), and Stanford Moore (1913). After him are Harold Urey (1893), Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), and William Howard Stein (1911).