American biologist and biophysicist who became the William Thompson Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics at MIT in 1958. He founded Alkermes, a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on central nervous system diseases.
He received his education at Harvard medical school.
In 1963, he discovered polysomes, which are clusters of ribosomes that read one strand of mRNA simultaneously.
He had four children with his wife Jane Erving Rich.
He did post-doctoral research on the work of Linus Pauling.