Martin Chalfie
Martin Chalfie

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Name: Martin Chalfie
Occupation: Chemist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 15, 1947
Age: 73
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Martin Chalfie

Martin Chalfie was born on January 15, 1947 in United States (73 years old). Martin Chalfie is a Chemist, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Martin Chalfienet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was chosen to be a part of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.

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Before Fame

He attended Harvard University, where he graduated in 1969 and competed on the swim team.

Biography Timeline


He matriculated at Harvard University in 1965, intending to be a math major, but he switched to biochemistry because it combined his interests in chemistry, math, and biology. He spent the summer after his junior year working in the laboratory of Klaus Weber at Harvard, but "It was so disheartening to completely fail that I decided I shouldn't be in biology." As a result, in his senior year, he completed his major and took courses in law, theater, and Russian literature.


After graduating in 1969, he worked at a variety of temporary jobs, such as selling dresses for his parents' dress manufacturing business in Chicago and teaching at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut. In the summer of 1971, his research at the laboratory of Jose Zadunaisky at Yale University resulted in his first publication. With revived confidence, he returned to Harvard for graduate studies under Robert Perlman, and received his Ph.D. in 1977.


Chalfie conducted his postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) with Sydney Brenner and John Sulston, and the three published a paper in 1985 on "The Neural Circuit for Touch Sensitivity in C. elegans". Chalfie then left the LMB in 1982 to join the faculty of Columbia University in the department of biological sciences and continued to study C. elegans touch mutants.


Chalfie and his wife had a daughter, Sarah, in July 1992.

He traces his work on green fluorescent protein to a 1988 seminar from Paul Brehm about bioluminescent organisms, which led to some crucial experiments in 1992, detailed in his paper "Green fluorescent protein as a marker for gene expression", which is among the 20 most-cited papers in the field of Molecular Biology & Genetics. Chalfie won a Golden Goose Award for this work in 2012.


Chalfie was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.


In 2015, Chalfie signed the Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change on the final day of the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The declaration was signed by a total of 76 Nobel Laureates and handed to then-President of the French Republic, François Hollande, as part of the successful COP21 climate summit in Paris.

Family Life

Martin had a daughter with his wife Sarah in 1992.

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