Harry B. Gray

Harry B. Gray
Harry B. Gray
  • From:

    California Institute of Technology | Pasadena, California

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  • Award:

    Benjamin Franklin Medal

  • Citation:

    For his pioneering contributions in the field of electron transfer in metalloproteins.

Harry Gray is one of the leading scientists in modern inorganic chemistry and has significantly contributed to the understanding of the underlying physics and chemistry that control electron transfer processes in metalloproteins. He has applied his knowledge of inorganic chemistry to biological processes, specifically, how electrons move in proteins that have a metal like iron or magnesium in their structure, such as hemoglobin in human blood.

Dr. Gray received his B.S. from Western Kentucky University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1960. He spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen and, from 1961 to 1966, was on the faculty of Columbia University. In 1966, he moved to the California Institute of Technology where he remains today.

Among his numerous awards, Dr. Gray has received the National Medal of Science and, this year, the Wolf Foundation Prize (Israel). He is a member of the American Chemical Society, National Academy of Sciences, and American Philosophical Society, to name a few.

Information as of April 2004