Giuseppe Attardi

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Giuseppe Attardi
Giuseppe Attardi in 1986
Born(1923-09-14)September 14, 1923
DiedApril 5, 2008(2008-04-05) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Padua
Known forPioneering human mitochondrial genetics
ChildrenLaura Attardi
AwardsGairdner Foundation International Award, Passano Award, Feltrinelli Prize (1989)
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular biology
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology

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.[3][4][5]

Attardi was awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1970 and 1986, for his work in molecular and cellular biology.[6] He received the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 1998 for his contributions to medical science[7] 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".[8]

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


  1. ^ Chomyn, Anne. "Giuseppe Attardi 1923-2008" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (5 May 2008). "Giuseppe Attardi Is Dead at 84; Studied Cells for Clues to Aging". New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Jeremy Pearce, "Giuseppe Attardi Is Dead at 84; Studied Cells for Clues to Aging"Aarp Bulletin (Retrieved on May 24, 2008)
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  7. ^ "Giuseppe Attardi"[permanent dead link]The Gairdner Foundation (Retrieved on May 24, 2008)
  8. ^ "The Passano Awards". Passano Foundation. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013.

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