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Dr. Kary Mullis received a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993, for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The process, which Dr. Mullis conceptualized in 1983, is hailed as one of the monumental scientific techniques of the twentieth century.
Dr. Mullis was awarded the Japan Prize in 1993-one of international science's most prestigious awards-for
the PCR invention.
His many other awards include the Thomas A. Edison Award (1993); California Scientist of the Year Award
(1992); the National Biotechnology Award (1991); the Gairdner Award, Toronto, Canada (1991); the R&D
Scientist of the Year (1991); the William Allan Memorial Award of the American Society of Human Genetics
(1990); and the Preis Biochemische Analytik of the German Society of Clinical Chemistry and Boehringer
Mannheim (1990). Dr. Mullis was presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of
South Carolina in 1994. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1998.
His many publications include "The Cosmological Significance of Time Reversal" (Nature), "The Unusual Origin
of the Polymerase Chain Reaction" (Scientific American), "Primer-directed Enzymatic Amplification of DNA
with a Thermostable DNA Polymerase" (Science), "Specific Synthesis of DNA In Vitro via a Polymerase
Catalyzed Chain Reaction" (Methods in Enzymology), and his autobiography, "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field,"
published by Pantheon Books in 1998.
Dr. Mullis serves on the board of scientific advisors of several companies, provides expert advice in legal
matters involving DNA, and is a frequent lecturer at college campuses, corporations and academic meetings
around the world.
Learn more about Kary Mullis by visiting his website www.karymullis.com