1918 – Boyer was born in Provo, Utah on the 31st of July.
– He attended Provo High School, where he was active in student government and the debating team.
1939 – He received a B.S. in chemistry from Brigham Young University and obtained a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Scholarship for graduate studies.
1943 – Boyer received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he spent years at Stanford University on a war-related research project dedicated to stabilization of serum albumin for transfusions.
– He began his independent research career at the University of Minnesota and introduced kinetic, isotopic, and chemical methods for investigating enzyme mechanisms.
1955 – He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and worked with Professor Hugo Theorell on the mechanism of alcohol dehydrogenase.
1956 – He accepted a Hill Foundation Professorship and moved to the medical campus of the University of Minnesota.
1959-1960 – He served as Chairman of the Biochemistry Section of the American Chemical Society.
1963 – He has been a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, Los Angeles.
1969 – He became President of the American Society of Biological Chemists.
1965 – He became the Founding Director of the Molecular Biology Institute and spearheaded the construction of the building and the organization of an interdepartmental Ph.D. program.
1974 – He received Honorary doctorates from the Universities of Stockholm.
– Paul Boyer was Editor or Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Biochemistry.
– He was Editor of the classic series, "The Enzymes".
1981 – He was Faculty Research Lecturer at UCLA.
1989 – He received the Rose Award of the American Society of Chemistry and Molecular Biology.
1997 – He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.