Sep 7, 2018
Three tributes to the late Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Paul Boyer have recently been published.
 
Professor Steven Clarke’s tribute was published in the August 2018 issue of ASBMB Today. Clarke was a long-time UCLA colleague and friend of Boyer’s. From 1978 to 2015, Clarke’s office and laboratories were across the hall from Boyer on the 6th floor of Paul D. Boyer Hall at UCLA.
 
A tribute by Richard L. Cross was published in the August 3, 2018, issue of the journal Nature. Cross, a distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, was a postdoctoral fellow in Boyer’s lab at UCLA from 1970 to 1973.
 
Professor David Eisenberg’s tribute to Boyer was published in the July 27, 2018 issue of Science magazine. Eisenberg was a long-time UCLA colleague and friend of Boyer’s.
 
                                                                           Paul D. Boyer                                      Credit: Univ. Minnesota Archives
 
At the time of his death at the age of 99 on June 2, 2018, Boyer was the oldest living Nobel Laureate. He won the 1997 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his pioneering research on how adenosine triphosphate, or ATP — the cellular energy that drives all biological reactions — is formed. Boyer joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty in 1963. In 1965, he became the Founding Director of the Molecular Biology Institute and spearheaded the construction of the building and the organization of an interdepartmental Ph.D. program. The Molecular Biology building at UCLA was renamed Paul D. Boyer Hall in his honor in 2000.  
 
Read more about Boyer’s life and contributions here