Maynard V. Olson is professor of genome sciences and medicine at the University of Washington. He is a specialist in the genetics of cystic fibrosis, and one of the founders of the Human Genome Project.
Originally a chemist, he received his undergraduate degree from California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Stanford University in 1970. From 1970-75, he was at Dartmouth College, and then became a molecular biologist, first at the University of Washington, then at Washington University in St. Louis, and, from 1992 on, again at the University of Washington.
Awards and honors
- 2007 Gruber Prize in genetics. ($500,000) 
- 2002 Gairdner Foundation International Award,
- 1994 elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
- 1992 Genetics Society of America Medal
- U. of Washington Professor Wins $500,000 Gruber Prize in Genetics by Jason M Breslow, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2007. 
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