Awards & Winners

Stanley Norman Cohen

Date of Birth 30-June-1935
Place of Birth Perth Amboy
(Middlesex County, New Jersey)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Dr. Stanley Norman Cohen, Stanley N. Cohen
Profession Physician, Scientist, Geneticist
Stanley Norman Cohen is an American geneticist. Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1960. Following subsequent training at various institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1968. It was there that he began to explore the field of bacterial plasmids. He wanted to understand how the genes of plasmids could make bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Cohen's investigations in 1972, combined with those of Paul Berg and Herbert Boyer, led to the development of methods to combine and transplant genes. This discovery signaled the birth of genetic engineering and earned Cohen the National Medal of Science in 1988. He also co-authored a proposal for uniform nomenclature for bacterial plasmids. Today, Cohen is a professor of genetics and medicine at Stanford, where he works on a variety of scientific problems including cell growth and development.

Awards by Stanley Norman Cohen

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation
(For their fundamental invention of gene splicing techniques allowing replication in quantity of biomedically important new products, and beneficially transformed plant materials. This discovery of recombinant DNA technology has transformed the basic science of molecular biology and the biotechnology industry.)


National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences
(For his discovery of methods for propagating and expressing the hereditary information of DNA introduced into living cells, thereby enabling the cloning of individual genes and the study of their structure and function.)


Wolf Prize in Medicine
(for his concepts underlying genetic engineering; for constructing a biologically functional hybrid plasmid, and for achieving actual expression of a foreign gene implanted in E. coli by the recombinant DNA method.)