Hamilton O. Smith, M.D.

Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus, and Scientific Advisor, SGI; Scientific Director of the J. Craig Venter Institute

Dr. Hamilton O. Smith received the 1978 Nobel Prize for his work on the discovery of restriction enzymes, which are essential tools used in the field of recombinant DNA technology. He is widely considered one of the experts in DNA library construction and DNA manipulation techniques. Hamilton was formerly the senior director of DNA Resources at Celera Genomics. Prior to joining Celera, he joined the scientific team at The Institute for Genomic Research, a position he held after leaving the Johns Hopkins University where he was professor of molecular biology and genetics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.