Thomas A. Steitz

Thomas Arthur Steitz ( born August 23, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American molecular biologist and biochemist. He was awarded along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada Yonath of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 "for the studies on the structure and function of the ribosome ".


Steitz graduated in Chemistry in 1962 with the BA at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin from. He received his Ph.D. in 1966 from Harvard University with William Lipscomb. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the British MRC in Cambridge, he is since 1970 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut operates. There, he researches and teaches as a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, HHMI Investigator and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Thomas Steitz is married to Joan A. Steitz, an award-winning biochemist and also a professor at Yale University. The couple has a son who was a minor league baseball player and also studied at Yale and played baseball there.


Thomas Steitz published in 1998 the first crystal structure of the large subunit of a ribosome, yet this is not made ​​single atoms.