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John E. Walker

John E. WalkerAKA John Ernest Walker

Born: 7-Jan-1941
Birthplace: Halifax, Yorkshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: ATP process

English chemist John E. Walker studied the structural composition of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that transports energy in cells. He and his team at the UK's Medical Research Council spent more than 15 years analyzing this enzyme, adapting chemical and x-ray methodology to this work, and their results, published in 1994, provide a molecular framework for the more theoretical work of the American chemist Paul D. Boyer. Walker, Boyer, and Danish scientist Jens C. Skou shared the 1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He has also studied human nutritional processes and proteomics, the branch of genetics that studies the full set of proteins encoded by a genome.

Father: Thomas Ernest Walker (stone mason)
Mother: Elsie Lawton Walker
Sister: Judith
Sister: Jennifer
Wife: Christina Westcott (m. 1963, two daughters)
Daughter: Esther (b. 1976)
Daughter: Miriam (b. 1978)

    High School: Rastrick High School, Rastrick, England
    University: BA Chemistry, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University (1964)
    University: PhD Chemistry, Oxford University (1969)
    Scholar: University of Wisconsin at Madison (1969-71)

    EBEC Peter Mitchell Medal 1996
    Novartis (CIBA) Medal and Prize 1996
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997 (with Paul D. Boyer and Jens C. Skou)
    Knight of the British Empire 1999
    UK Medical Research Council Senior Scientist (1982-)
    UK Medical Research Council Chemist (1974-82)
    Pasteur Institute Chemist (1973-74)
    French National Centre for Scientific Research Chemist (1971-73)
    Royal Society 1995


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