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Koshland with Welch Foundation officials Biochemistry professor Daniel Koshland (right), new recipient of the Welch Award in Chemistry, chats in the lab with Welch Foundation officials (L to R) J. Evans Attwell, Dr. James Kinsey and Norbert Dittrich. (Peg Skorpinski photo)

Biochemist Daniel Koshland wins Welch Award

— University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Daniel E. Koshland Jr. has been named the 36th recipient of the international Welch Award in Chemistry for his life-enhancing contributions to biochemistry and medical science.

The honor was announced today (Tuesday, May 16) by the Welch Foundation, a Houston-based organization that is one of the nation's oldest and largest sources of private funding for basic research in chemistry.

Koshland, an international leader in research on enzymes and receptors and former editor of the journal Science, was honored for applying "the fundamental principles of chemistry to gain new insights and develop novel ideas to explain complex biological reactions," according to a press release issued by the foundation. The 86-year-old Koshland currently is a Professor in the Graduate School in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, where he has served on the faculty since 1965.

He is the fourth UC Berkeley faculty member to receive the award since it was established in 1972. The others were Neil Bartlett (1976), professor emeritus of chemistry, and the late chemists Kenneth Pitzer (1984) and George Pimental (1986).

For more details on the award and Koshland's scientific contributions, link to: http://www.welch1.org.