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Marshall W. Nirenberg (1927-2010) was an American biochemist who shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on deciphering the genetic code. The National Library of Medicine is the repository for the Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers, which range from 1937 to 2003. The collection contains laboratory notebooks, scientific diaries, research reports, charts, illustrations, published articles, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, laboratory slides and films, and audiovisual materials.
As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine is digitizing and making available over the World Wide Web a selection of the Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers, for use by educators and researchers. This Web site provides access to the portions of the Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers that are now publicly available. Individuals interested in conducting research in the Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers are invited to contact the National Library of Medicine.
This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Nirenberg's scientific career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Nirenberg's life and major scientific contributions. We suggest that new visitors begin with this exhibit, which includes a small selection of documents and visuals, organized within these sections. Each section begins with a "Background Narrative," which leads to "Documents" and "Visuals."
Visitors may access additional materials through Search on the navigation bar. They may also view the materials alphabetically or chronologically by choosing Browse on the navigation bar. Documents and visuals in these lists are arranged by format and then either alphabetically by title or chronologically.