Honor Their Indepedent Contributions To Enzymology Author: Neeraja Sankaran

The Welch Foundation of Houston has named Robert H. Abeles, a professor of biochemistry at Brandeis University, and Jeremy R. Knowles, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, as corecipients of the Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry. The two researchers will receive their awards-- consisting of a certificate, a gold medal, and a shared cash prize of $300,000--at a ceremony in Houston on October 23.

Cornering Catalysts: Jermey Knowles, left, defined the dynamics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions; Robert Abeles laid the foundation for designing drugs based on the mechanisms of enyzme inhibition and inactivation.

The prize is awarded annually to one or more scientists who have made significant contributions in basic chemistry with wide- reaching benefits. Working independently, this year's honorees have both made important strides in characterizing enzymes-- molecules that catalyze chemical reactions in...

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