Awards & Winners

Mary-Claire King

Date of Birth 27-February-1946
Place of Birth Illinois
(United States of America, United States, with Territories, Contiguous United States)
Nationality United States of America
Mary-Claire King is an American human geneticist. She is a professor at the University of Washington, where she studies the genetics and interaction of genetics and environmental influences on human conditions such as HIV, lupus, inherited deafness, and also breast and ovarian cancer. King is known for three major accomplishments: identifying breast cancer genes; demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical; and applying genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses. In Argentina, for example, in 1984 she began working with Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo in identifying children who had been stolen from their families and adopted illegally under the military dictatorship during the Dirty War.

Awards by Mary-Claire King

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Albert Lasker Special Achievement Award
(For bold, imaginative, and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights \u2014 she discovered the BRCA1 gene locus that causes hereditary breast cancer and deployed DNA strategies that reunite missing persons or their remains with their families.)


Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
(For her outstanding research achievements in the field of human genetics. She was the first to demonstrate that there is a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.)