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Elizabeth Blackburn

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Elizabeth Blackburn
Elizabeth Blackman, 2009
Born November 26, 1948
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Fields Molecular biology
Institutions University of California, San Francisco
Alma mater University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge
Known for Chromosomes, telomeres
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009)

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn[1] is an Australian molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. She won the award with Americans Jack Szostak and Carol Greider for their work on chromosomes.[2] They researched the way that telomeres protect the chromosomes in cells.[3] People think that this will help stop the spread of cancer. Blackburn is the first Australian woman to win a Nobel Prize.[3] She also received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 2006. [4]

Blackburn was born in Hobart, Tasmania on November 26, 1948[5] and went to Broadford girls school in Launceston, and later Melbourne University High School.[3] She studied at the University of Melbourne and completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Darwin College. She is now Professor of Biology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.[1]

On January 26, 2010, the Australian Government made Blackburn a Companion of the Order of Australia.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Press release". The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet. October 5 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Darby, Andrew (October 7 2009). "Nobel crusader for women in science". The Age: pp. 9.
  4. Bargeron, Eric and James F. Tidd, Jr. “Awards.” Student Resources in Context. Gale, 2011. Student Resources in Context. 28 Mar. 2017.
  5. “Blackburn, Elizabeth Helen.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2017. World Book. 28 Mar. 2017.
  6. "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". Retrieved 26 September 2010.