Richard Axel

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Birthday
2, 1946
Birthplace
New York
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
2, 1946 (age 73)
Birthplace
New York

About

Renowned molecular biologist who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the olfactory system. Among his achievements is the discovery that there are around one thousand olfactory receptor genes in the genome of mammals.

Before Fame

He was a basketball player at Stuyvesant High School.

Trivia

In 2007, he received the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Double Helix Medal for his contributions to the field of genetics.

Family Life

He was married to social worker Ann Axel before marrying scientist Cornelia Bargmann.

Associated With

He shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with his colleague, Linda Buck.