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Smith, Michael

Born: 1932 AD
Died: 2000 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Chemists

1932 – Born on April 26th in Blackpool, England. A British-born Canadian biochemist who developed the technique called oligonucleotide-based site-directed mutagenesis, which enabled researchers to introduce specific mutations into genes and, thus, to the proteins that they encode.

1956 – Smith received a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, England.

         – He moved to Vancouver, Canada.

1964 – Became a Canadian citizen.

1966 – After holding a number of positions in Canada and the United States, he joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia.

1987 – Become the director of the university’s biotechnology laboratory.

         – He was a founder of ZymoGenetics Inc., a biotechnology company.

1993 – He won (with Kary B. Mullis) the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

2000 – He died on October 4th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.