Sidney Altman is a Montréal born Canadian and American molecular biologist as well as a Nobel prize winner. He is a sterling Prof. in molecular cellular and developmental biology. He works currently at Yale University in the chemistry department.

His main claim to fame was his work with Thomas R. Cech on the catalytic properties of RNA. The two received a Nobel Prize in chemistry in the year 1989 for their work in this field.

Altman was born in 1939 in Montréal Québec to a family who had immigrated from Eastern Europe in the 1920s. His father was Ukrainian and his mother was Polish and the two were sponsored to come to Canada as farmworkers. Altman remembers his time growing up in the Montréal area fondly and values his parents for teaching him quality work ethic.

His family managed to create a secure environment to the point where he reached adulthood and could pursue education at college. He would go on to study at MIT and play on the ice hockey team receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1960. From there he would move on to Columbia University, eventually receiving his graduates degree in a transfer to the University of Colorado medical Center. He would eventually receive is PhD in biophysics from the University of Colorado and begin to different research fellowships through Harvard and Matthew Meselson laboratories.

Through his Nobel Peace Prize discovery he was able to become a professor at EL in the year 1971 receiving a full tenure promotion in the year 1980. In year 1985 he would become the Dean of Yale College for four years and return is a professor on a full-time basis in the year 1989 until presently. Some of his most famous doctoral students included Ben Stark another American biologist and professor.