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JACK RICHARDS

California & Magdalen 1951 (13 March 1930 - 23 April 2015)

JACK RICHARDS

Earned a BA from UC Berkeley and after his Rhodes Scholarship Professor Richards returned there for his graduate studies, earning a PhD in 1955. He was a professor of organic chemistry and biochemistry at Caltech whose research was focused on gaining a molecular understanding of the mechanisms of protein function. Professor Richards used altered proteins obtained from the deliberate mutation of DNA—a process called site-directed mutagenesis—in combination with recombinant and cloning techniques, to study the mechanisms by which proteins act as catalysts to perform the chemical reactions necessary to life.