Severo Ochoa

Academic, Chemist, Scientist (1905-1993)

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Severo's Bio

  • Date of Birth: September 24, 1905
  • Date of Death: November 1, 1993
  • Ethnicity: Spanish
  • Hometown: Luarca, Asturias, Spain

Ochoa's Early Life

Severos' father was a businessman and lawyer, then passed away when Ochoa was 7 years old. He was educated at a Jesuit school in Malaga before attending the university of Madrid, where he earned a medical degree in 1929. After graduating, Ochoa spent 2 years in Germany doing research with Otto Meyerhop.

Education & Early Career

In the early 1930's, Ochoas' returned to Spain and joined faculty of the university of Madrid. The outbreak of the Spanish civil war in 1963 led him to seek opportunities elsewhere. Severo spent time in Germany and England before moving to the USA in the early 40's.
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Major events in Severo's Life

Ochoa became the head of the biochemistry department in 1954. Also, he and a former student were awarded a noble prize in psychology or medicine for artificially creating DNA. After retiring from NYU in 1974, Severo joined the Roche institute of molecular biology. In the mid 1980's he retired from Roche and returned to Spain with his wife.
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