Har Gobind Khorana, one of the few Nobel Prize winners to have lived and worked in British Columbia, was brought to the University of British Columbia in 1952 by Gordon M. Shrum [See Shrum entry] who also recruited Lancashire-born Michael Smith. At UBC, Khorana became one of Michael Smith's most significant mentors. The British Columbia Research Council could provide only modest facilities, but offered optimal freedom for research. With the fellowship of Dr. Jack Campbell, who became Head of the Department of Microbiology at UBC, Khoran began to work in the biological field of phosphate esters and nucleic acids with colleagues who included Dr. Gordon M. Tener, a UBC Professor in the Biochemistry Department. He left British Columbia in 1960 to work in Wisconsin. In 1968, Khorana shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Americans Robert W. Holley and Marshall W. Nirenberg "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis". Michael Smith won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993. Khorana became Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Emeritus, at MIT. He received his Ph.D in 1948 from University of Liverpool.

[BCBW 2004] "Medicine" "Nobel"