Severo Ochoa (biography)

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severo-ochoaSpanish born and naturalised American biochemist and molecular biologist Severo Ochoa Albornoz, (Luarca, Asturias, September 24, 1905 - Madrid, November 1, 1993).

In 1959 Ochoa and Arthur Kornberg were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of ribonucleic and deoxyribonucleic acids. His contribution to deciphering the genetic code established him as a scientist at the cutting edge of molecular biology during the 1960s.

Ochoa holds honorary degrees of the Universities of St. Louis, Glasgow, Oxford, Salamanca, Brazil, John Wesley, Santo Tomás (Manila),Granada ,Oviedo, Brandeis, Jeshiva y Michigan, and he is Honorary Professor of the University of San Marcos, Lima, Santiago and Madrid.

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