Colorado Nobelist Chosen to Lead Howard Hughes

Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 18
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.18a

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Joining a list of world-class life scientists who have taken on major management positions without abandoning their research, chemist Thomas Cech has been named as the next president of the $11 billion Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The 51-year-old Cech, who won the 1989 Nobel Prize for his work on the enzymatic activity of RNA, will keep his lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is an HHMI investigator. Cech replaces current HHMI president Purnell Choppin, who is retiring in December after 12 years.