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October 05, 2009

Wiley Authors Win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2009

Hoboken, NJ

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (NYSE:JWa) (NYSE:JWb), is pleased to announce that the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2009 jointly to Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Professor Carol W. Greider, and Professor Jack W. Szostak.

Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, of the University of California, San Francisco; Professor Carol W. Greider, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Professor Jack W. Szostak, of Harvard Medical School, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

“We are honored that all three Nobel Prize winners are part of our publishing community. We congratulate Professor Blackburn, Professor Greider, and Professor Szostak for the recognition of their solution to a major problem in biology: how chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation,” said Mike Davis, Vice President and Managing Director, Life Sciences, Wiley.

All three were involved in the Harvey Lectures Series, which is published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and contributed various articles to Wiley-Blackwell and Wiley-VCH journals such as Angewandte Chemie, Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, BioEssays, Developmental Genetics, and the Journal of Molecular Recognition. Furthermore, Professor Greider and Professor Szostak have contributed chapters to The Aptamer Handbook and the Ciba Foundation Symposium 211.

Professor Blackburn, Professor Greider, and Professor Szostak join a selection of Wiley authors who have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, including 2008 recpients Professor Harald zur Hausen, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and Professor Luc Montagnier, and 1999 recipient and Wiley Prize chair Dr. Gunther Blobel. More than 120 laureates in Physiology or Medicine have published with Wiley.

Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Greider were also recipients of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences in 2006. The Wiley Prize recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline. Three other Wiley Prize recipients—Dr. H. Robert Horvitz, Dr. Andrew Z. Fire, and Dr. Craig C. Mello—have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Greider, along with Wiley Prize recipient Dr. David Baulcombe, have also been recognized with Lasker Awards.


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