Bruce Alberts

Bruce Michael Alberts ( born April 14, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American biochemist and until 2005 he was president of the National Academy of Sciences.


He studied at Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in 1965. In 1976 he became a professor at Princeton University. In addition to its excellent reputation as a biochemist (especially for his work on protein complexes in the regulation of Chromosomenreduplikation ), he is also known as editor of the worldwide standard textbook of molecular biology.


1975 Albert was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, 1995, he received the Gairdner Foundation International Award.

The Michigan State University (1996) and the University of Tel Aviv ( 2005) awarded him honorary doctorates.


The famous worldwide standard textbooks of molecular biology are often just called "Little Albert " and " large Alberts " in the teaching of students and teachers. However, the "small" has also been a range of over 900 pages, the "big Alberts " has a circumference of over 1800 pages. These books are, as is typical of American textbooks, constructed relatively loose, and waive any for German textbooks often typical " compactness " in favor of course.

  • Textbook of Molecular Cell Biology "little Albert " (B. Alberts et al. ) 3rd edition 2005, Wiley -VCH Verlag ISBN 3-527-31160-2
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell " great Alberts " (B. Alberts et al. ), 4th edition 2003, Wiley -VCH Verlag ISBN 3-527-30492-4

Both books have been translated into numerous languages ​​and have been published in various editions.