Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and
mathematics education, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014
and the 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. Alberts served as
Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys
(2009-2011). He is now the Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science
and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving
two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National
Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of
"science as inquiry" teaching we need, says Alberts, emphasizes "logical, hands-on problem solving,
and it insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. It requires work in
cooperative groups, where those with different types of talents can discover them - developing self
confidence and an ability to communicate effectively with others."
Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a
preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as
the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, an organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of
15 national academies of sciences and that was established to provide scientific advice to the
Committed in his international work to the promotion of the "creativity, openness and tolerance
that are inherent to science," Alberts believes that "scientists all around the world must now band
together to help create more rational, scientifically-based societies that find dogmatism
Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has
earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory
boards of more than 15 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.