Recorded: 22 Aug 2008
Okay. I’m Bruce Alberts, I’m sitting in my office at UCSF, in San Francisco. I’m a biochemist, ah….with a checkered career. I was for 10 years an Assistant Professor, then Professor at Princeton University. And then I came to UCSF for 17 years. All that’s pretty standard, but then I left for Washington, D.C. for a full time job in 1993. And for 12 years I was President of National Academy of Sciences. I then came back in 2005 as a Professor again. And I did that for a few years, but this past March, March of 2008, I accepted the job to be Editor in Chief of Science Magazine, which is supposed to be a half time job, so I’m still half time a Professor and teaching and half-time doing Science Magazine.
Bruce Alberts, currently Editor-in-chief of Science, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysic at the University of California and United States Science Envoy. He received A.B. (1960) in Biochemical Science from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ph.D. (1965) from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1966 he joined Department of Chemistry at the Princeton University and after 10 years he became professor and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysic at the UCSF.
Alberts work is best known for his work on the protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated. He is one of the authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a major textbook in the field. He served two-six years terms as a president of National Academy of Science (1993-2005). During his administration at NAS, he was involved in developing the landmark of National Science Education standards.
Among many honors and awards (16 honorary degrees), he is Co-chair of the InterAcademy Council and a trustee of Gordon and Betty Moore Fundation.
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