Sidney Altman

Sidney Altman came to LMB in 1969, as a Visiting Research Fellow, and worked in the Cell Biology Division with Sydney Brenner and Francis Crick. During this time he started the work that led to the discovery of RNase P and the enzymatic properties of the RNA subunit of that enzyme. This lead to a move to Yale University in 1971, and in 1980 he became Sterling Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Yale. In 1989, Sidney was jointly awarded, with Thomas R Cech, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the discovery of catalytic properties of RNA – see