Posted on: September 16, 2019 Posted by: aristotle Comments: 0

Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel laureate Australian American. She was born on November 26, 1948. Elizabeth Blackburn was a biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco where she studied a structure called telomere, which is a region at the end of chromosomes. She also worked in medical ethics at the Bush Administration’s President’s Council on Bioethics. In 1984 she discovered telomerase, the enzyme that refreshes the telomere. For her discovery she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. 

Elizabeth Blackburn was one out of 7 children when she was born. She was born in Harbort Tasmania, one of many islands in Australia. Both her parents were physicians. They moved to a city called Launchston, that is north of Tasmania, when she was 11. Then Elizabeth got into a school called Borderland House of Church of England Girls Grammar School in the same year. She went on to earn a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne. She studied hard and went on to receive a Phd in science in the year of 1975 from the University of Cambridge. 

For Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak’s success and understanding of telomeres and the enzyme telomerase they received a Nobel prize. A prize showing hard work and effort which was received by the three in 2009. The importance of her discovery has led her to continue her research at The University of California, San Francisco. At the University of California, San Francisco, she studied the effect of telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Her work was so outstanding! In her autobiography and other texts written by Elizabeth Blackburn she states the she loves her job. The world greatly appreciated her discovery and hard work.

Elizabeth Blackburn was one child of seven when she was born. She lived in LA Jolla and San Francisco. She is wife to John W. Sedat a scientist who also works in chromosome structure. Elizabeth Blackburn has one son named Benjamin. Elizabeth Blackburn is daughter to Marica Jack and Harold Blachburn. Her mother put in a lot of effort to help her 7 children grow up in a rough civilisation.

Well, that just about wraps this up. Overall I think Elizabeth Blackburn was rather an interesting person to research. I really enjoyed reading the chapter “Nobel Prize.” Elizabeth’s discovery and personal life were topics I put a lot of work into and had a hard time writing. The reason I said my favorite paragraph to write was about the Nobel prize is because it was easy, fast and interesting to write. Now that this essay is done I can just relax until the next assignment. I hope you enjoyed reading this essay and hopefully learned something about Elizabeth Blackburn. 

“The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009.”,

“Elizabeth Blackburn.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Sept. 2019,

National Academy of Sciences. “National Academy of Sciences.” John Sedat,