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Dr. Elizabeth Helen Blackburn

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Birthplace: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Occupation: Biophysicist
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About Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2009

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN (born 26 November 1948) is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is currently the President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Previously she was a biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studied the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere. For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak, becoming the only Tasmanian-born Nobel laureate. She also worked in medical ethics, and was controversially dismissed from the Bush Administration's President's Council on Bioethics.

Awards and honours

  • Eli Lilly Research Award for Microbiology and Immunology (1988)
  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology (1990)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science from Yale University (1991)
  • Harvey Society Lecturer at the Harvey Society in New York (1990)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1992
  • Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology (1993)
  • Australia Prize (1998)
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award (1998)
  • Harvey Prize (1999)
  • Keio Medical Science Prize (1999)
  • California Scientist of the Year in 1999
  • California Hall of Fame (2011)
  • American Association for Cancer Research – G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award (2000)
  • American Cancer Society Medal of Honor (2000)
  • Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000)
  • Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award (2008)
  • AACR-Pezcoller Foundation International Award for Cancer Research (2001)
  • General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Award (2001)
  • E.B.Wilson Award of the American Society for Cell Biology (2001)
  • Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Medical Research Award (2003)
  • Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine (2004)
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science of The Franklin Institute (2005)
  • Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (2006) (shared with Carol W. Greider and Jack Szostak)
  • Genetics Prize from the Peter Gruber Foundation (2006)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science from Harvard University (2006)
  • Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences from the Wiley Foundation (2006)
  • Fellow of Australian Academy of Science (2007)
  • Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (2007)
  • UCSF Women's Faculty Association Award (2007)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science from Princeton University (2007)
  • Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University (2007) (shared with Carol W. Greider and Joseph G. Gall)
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science (2008)
  • Mike Hogg Award (2009)
  • Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize (2009) (shared with Carol W. Greider)
  • Pearl Meister Greengard Prize (2008)
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009,
  • Companion of the Order of Australia (Australia Day Honours, 2010),
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (FRSN) (2010)
  • AIC Gold Medal (2012)
  • The Royal Medal of the Royal Society (2015).
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1948
November 26, 1948
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia