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Apr 30, 2014

The chair of the department of biological sciences at Columbia, in 2008, he shared the Nobel prize in chemistry for the discovery of green fluorescent protein. It is a matter of conjecture whether such intellectual gifts run in families, but it is confirmed that his paternal grandmother was a cook at the Manischewitz Company, another kind of chemistry.