Giuseppe Attardi

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Giuseppe Attardi
Born (1923-09-14)September 14, 1923
Died April 5, 2008(2008-04-05) (aged 84)
Nationality American
Fields Molecular biology
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Known for Pioneering human mitochondrial genetics
Notable awards Gairdner Foundation International Award, Passano Award

Giuseppe Attardi (September 14, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American molecular biologist of Italian origin, a professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He made pioneering studies on the human mitochondrial structure and function.[1][2][3]

He received the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 1998 for his contributions to medical science[4] and was selected jointly with Douglas C. Wallace for the 2000 Passano Award "for their landmark contributions to the mitochondrial genome project and their development of innovative methods for studying mitochondrial genetics and human disease".[5]

He was a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences from 1984.


  1. ^ Thomas H. Maugh II, "Giuseppe Attardi, 84; Caltech geneticist linked mitochondrial DNA and aging"Los Angeles Times (April 10, 2008) (Retrieved on May 24, 2008)
  2. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (May 5, 2008). "Giuseppe Attardi Is Dead at 84; Studied Cells for Clues to Aging". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jeremy Pearce, "Giuseppe Attardi Is Dead at 84; Studied Cells for Clues to Aging"Aarp Bulletin (Retrieved on May 24, 2008)
  4. ^ "Giuseppe Attardi"The Gairdner Foundation (Retrieved on May 24, 2008)
  5. ^ "The Passano Awards". Passano Foundation. Retrieved 25 February 2013.