Science & Medicine

Episode 73: Martin Chalfie

Martin-Chalfie200x200 The chair of the department of biological sciences at Columbia, in 2008, Martin Chalfie 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.

  • PERSON: Osamu Shimomura
  • PLACE: Cambridge Molecular Biology Lab
  • THING: Green Fluorescent Protein


  • RANDY’S THING: a rocking chair

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