- Name: Thomas Cech
- Born: 12/08/1947 (72 years old)
- Known for: Ribozyme , Telomerase
Thomas Robert Cech (born December 8, 1947) is an American chemist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Sidney Altman, for their discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA. Cech discovered that RNA could itself cut strands of RNA, suggesting that life might have started as RNA. He also studied telomeres, and his lab discovered an enzyme, TERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase), which is part of the process of restoring telomeres after they are shortened during cell division. As president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he promoted science education, and he teaches an undergraduate chemistry course at the University of Colorado.
School: Grinnell College small|(B.A., 1970), University of California, Berkeley small|(Ph.D., 1975), Massachusetts Institute of Technology small|(Postdoctoral)
Birth Place: Chicago, USA
Thomas Cech quotes :
There should be more attention paid to scientific research in the ecology area, and I think that such attention to proper environmental concerns would make the public feel much better about it.Thomas Cech