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Thomas A. Steitz

AKA Thomas Arthur Steitz

Born: 23-Aug-1940
Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
Died: 9-Oct-2018
Location of death: Branford, CT
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ribosomes

Biophysicist and chemist Thomas A. Steitz won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing the honor with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada E. Yonath. Steitz has extensively studied the molecular, chemical, and biological mechanisms of proteins and nucleic acids. At his laboratory at Yale, Steitz has mapped the position of hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome, paying special attention to understanding how the ribosome is targeted for antibiotics. He has also refined the principles of ribonucleic acid (RNA) folding, stability, and RNA-protein interaction, provided the first detailed structural analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) polymerase, and studied the protein structure and mechanism of yeast hexokinase. His wife, Joan Steitz, is a biochemist at Yale, and their son, Jon Steitz, was a minor-league baseball pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system.

Father: Arthur Steitz (attorney)
Mother: Catherine Brown (homemaker)
Brother: William Steitz (policeman, b. 1941)
Wife: Joan Argetsinger (biophysicist, m. 1966, until his death, one son)
Son: Jonathan Glenn Steitz (baseball player, b. 5-Sep-1980)

    High School: Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa, WI (1958)
    University: BA Chemistry, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (1962)
    University: PhD Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Harvard University (1966)
    Scholar: Biochemistry, Harvard University (1966-67)
    Scholar: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK (1967-70)
    Professor: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University (1970-)

    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Academy of Microbiology
    Pfizer Award (American Chemical Society) 1980
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1990
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (1986-)
    National Academy of Sciences 1996
    Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science 2001
    Keio Medical Science Prize 2006
    Gairdner Foundation International Award 2007 (with Harry F. Noller)
    George Palade Award 2008
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009 (with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada E. Yonath)
    AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize 2001
    Rib-X Pharmaceuticals Co-Founder (2000)
    German Ancestry

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