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Kary Mullis

Kary MullisAKA Kary Barker Mullis

Born: 28-Dec-1944
Birthplace: Lenoir, NC

Gender: Male
Religion: Other
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Nutball 1993 Nobel laureate

Discovered the polymerase chain reaction, a key technique for DNA replication and manipulation. Notable moments from his 1993 Nobel Prize Autobiography:

We tortured the cows. We sliced apples and slipped them onto the electric fence that contained them in the newer parts of the pasture. Cows like apples and they kept trying.

We could play in the attic...It was a thrilling place during a thunderstorm and, like the hay loft of the barn, a place where my pre-adolescent sexuality concerning my cousin Judy, who was one month my senior, would come a little more sharply into focus. We were only nine or ten, but it was there already with its pressing curiosity. We sometimes kissed.

I was driving with Jennifer Barnett to a cabin I had been building in northern California. She and I had worked and lived together for two years. She was an inspiration to me during that time as only a woman with brains, in the bloom of her womanhood, can be. That morning she had no idea what had just happened. ...It was the first day of the rest of my life.

Father: Cecil Banks Mullis
Mother: Bernice Alberta Barker
Wife: Richards (1 daughter)
Wife: Cynthia Gibson (2 sons)
Wife: Nancy Lier Cosgrove (m. 21-Mar-1998)
Daughter: Louise
Son: Christopher
Son: Jeremy
Girlfriend: Jennifer Barnett

    High School: (Columbia, SC)
    University: BS Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology (1966)
    University: PhD Biochemistry, University of California at Berkeley (1972)
    Scholar: University of Kansas Medical School (1973-77)
    Scholar: University of California at San Francisco

    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1993 (with Michael Smith)
    Japan Prize 1993
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    Risk Factors: LSD

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Author of books:
Dancing Naked in the Mind Field (1998, memoir)

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