Taylor Stoltz


Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes within and related to living organisms. Its a laboratory based science that brings together biology and chemistry. It focusses on how cells communicate with each other and how they react to each other in the living organism. They help us better understand our world by answering problems about how life works.

Rudolph Marcus

Rudolph was born on july 21, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec. In high school he became very interested in science and math fields. When he was a boy he would go on walks with his mother through McGill University and he had always dreamed of going to college there. After high school he did attend McGill to graduate and go onto oxford to receive his Ph.D. He continued his career and went onto to become very important in biochemistry with his work in electron transfer.

Once he graduated his scientific work skyrocketed and would become very famous. He went on to work with Oscar K. RIce and wrote the 1952 RRKM papers. In 1964 he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign. He received many awards in his time that included the columbia universities Chandler Medal (1983), the Professorial fellowship at university college, Oxford (1975 to 1976), and the National Medal of Science (1989). His most famous prize though was the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1992.

He was considered and important scientists in the field of biochemistry because because of his research with electron-transfer reaction. He established what is known as the Marcus theory which explains the rate at which an electron can move or jump from one chemical species to the other.

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Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin was born on April 8th, 1911, in Saint Paul Minnesota. He later died on January 8th, 1997, in Berkeley California. His parents were russian immigrants named Rose Herwitz and Elias Calvin. Calvin Married Genevieve Jemtegaard and they had two daughters, Elin and karole, and one son, Noel. He later became a professor 1947 and received the nobel prize in chemistry in 1961.

Calvin received a degree in chemistry at Michigan College of Science And Technology. He got his Ph.D at the university of Minnesota where he worked with George Glocker on the electron affinity of halogens. He did a postdoctoral fellowship with michael Polány at the university of manchester. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with his work in the ¨Calvin Cycle¨ which explains intermediary reactions in photosynthesis.

Calvin was important to biochemistry because he provided a big insight to the photosynthesis process and helped us to better understand how plants work. His work is also very much still used to this day.

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Hans Krebs

Hans Krebs was born August 25, 1900, in Germany. He later died on November 22, 1981. He married Margret Fieldhouse and had one daughter, Helen, and two sons, Paul and John. He studied medicine at the University at Gottingen. He later attended Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg, and Albert Ludwig's University of Freiburg to get his Ph.D.

Krebs studied metabolism and how it breaks down food and converts it into energy. He discovered the Krebs cycle which explains TricarBoxylic acid cycle. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or medicine for this discovery. In 1958 he won the gold medal of the Netherlands Society for Physics.

He was important to biochemistry for his research in the metabolism area. He came up with Krebs cycle which helped explain the critic acid cycle and how it works. He continued to work on the cycle once he discovered it to help prove it to be true and many scientists looked up to his work and it was very important to them.

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