Awards & Winners

Oliver Smithies

Date of Birth 23-June-1925
Place of Birth Halifax
(Calderdale, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, England)
Nationality United Kingdom, United States of America
Profession Professor
Oliver Smithies is a British-born American geneticist and Nobel laureate, credited with the introduction of starch as a medium for gel electrophoresis in 1955, and the simultaneous discovery, with Mario Capecchi and Martin Evans, of the technique of homologous recombination of transgenic DNA with genomic DNA, a much more reliable method of altering animal genomes than previously used, and the technique behind gene targeting and knockout mice.

Awards by Oliver Smithies

Check all the awards nominated and won by Oliver Smithies.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells)


Massry Prize
(For their pioneering work on Gene targeting.)
Wolf Prize in Medicine
(For their contribution to the development of gene-targeting, enabling elucidation of gene function in mice.)


Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For the development of a powerful technology for manipulating the mouse genome with exquisite precision, which allows the creation of animal models of human disease.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For Pioneering work in the use of homologous recombination to generate targeted mutations in the mouse.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For the discovery, development and application of gel electrophoresis methods that allow the separation and identification of specific proteins and nucleic acids.)