JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE LASKER AWARD IN BASIC MEDICAL RESEARCH
(32% of recipients)

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Listed below are recipients of the Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research who were, or are, Jewish (or of half-Jewish descent, as noted).  With the exception of the Nobel Prize, this award is the single most prestigious in the medical and life sciences.  Approximately one-half of its recipients have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize.
  • Selman Waksman (1948)
  • Sir Hans Krebs (1953)
  • Michael Heidelberger (1953)
  • George Wald (1953)
  • Karl Meyer 1 (1956)
  • Theodore Puck (1958)
  • Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat (1958)
  • Jules Freund (1959)
  • Harry Rubin (1964)
  • Bernard Brodie (1967)
  • Marshall Nirenberg (1968)
  • Seymour Benzer (1971)
  • Sydney Brenner (1971)
  • Charles Yanofsky (1971)
  • Ludwik Gross (1974)
  • Sol Spiegelman (1974)
  • Howard Temin (1974)
  • Rosalyn Yalow (1976)
  • Sir John Vane 2 (1977)
  • Hans Kosterlitz (1978)
  • Solomon Snyder (1978)
  • Walter Gilbert (1979)
  • Paul Berg (1980)
  • Stanley N. Cohen (1980)
  • Harold Varmus (1982)
  • Eric Kandel (1983)
  • César Milstein (1984)
  • Michael Brown (1985)
  • Joseph Goldstein (1985)
  • Rita Levi-Montalcini (1986)
  • Stanley Cohen (1986)
  • Philip Leder (1987)
  • Alfred Gilman (1989)
  • Stanley Prusiner (1994)
  • Jack Strominger (1995)
  • Robert Furchgott (1996)
  • Mark Ptashne (1997)
  • Aaron Ciechanover (2000)
  • Avram Hershko (2000)
  • Alexander Varshavsky (2000)
  • James Rothman (2002)
  • Randy Schekman (2002)
  • Pierre Chambon 3 (2004)
  • Ronald Evans (2004)
  • Ralph Steinman (2007)
  • Gary Ruvkun (2008)
  • Jeffrey Friedman (2010)
  • Arthur Horwich (2011)
  • Ronald Vale (2012)
  • Evelyn Witkin (2015)

NOTES
1. The biochemist Karl Meyer should not be confused with the bacteriologist/virologist Karl F. Meyer, the 1951 Lasker recipient (about whom we have no information).
2. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother, according to an interview published in Candid Science II, by István Hargittai (Imperial College Press, London, 2002, p. 562).
3. Jewish mother, née Yvonne Weill.


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