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Nobel Prize winners with NC connections

As we've previously reported, Duke scientist Robert Lefkowitz won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Here's a list of Nobel Laureates with North Carolina connections:

Awardees Year, Category NC Connection
Robert Lefkowitz 2012, Chemistry Joined Duke University in 1973.
Brian Kobilka 2012, Chemistry Was a postdoctoral fellow in Lefkowitz's lab and an assistant professor at Duke University, 1984-1989.
Oliver Smithies 2007, Medicine Joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988.
Peter C. Agre 2003, Chemistry Did postdoctoral research at UNC-CH from 1978-1981. Served as vice chancellor for science and technology at Duke University, 2005-2008.
Daniel L. McFadden 2000, Economics Born in Raleigh and raised in the mountains of NC; Left NC for college in Minnesota at age 16.
Robert F. Furchgott 1998, Medicine Received undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Robert C. Richardson 1996, Physics Earned Ph.D. from Duke University.
Martin Rodbell 1994, Medicine Joined NIEHS in RTP in 1985. Died in 1998 in Chapel Hill.
Kary B. Mullis 1993, Chemistry Born in Lenoir and lived on a family farm in the mountains of NC until age 5.
Rudolph A. Marcus 1992, Chemistry Did postdoctoral research at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1949-1951.
Hans G. Dehmelt 1989, Physics Did postdoctoral research at Duke University, 1952-1955.
George H. Hitchings 1988, Medicine Joined Burroughs Wellcome in 1942 and moved to North Carolina when BW moved to RTP in 1970. Died in 1998 in Chapel Hill.
Gertrude Belle Elion 1988, Medicine Joined Burroughs Wellcome in 1944 and moved to North Carolina when BW moved to RTP in 1970. Died in 1999 in Chapel Hill.
Charles Townes 1964, Physics Earned Masters degree in Physics from Duke University in 1936.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson 1919, Peace Attended Davidson College for one year.

 

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