MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin native and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Steitz will giveLawrence University's commencement address on Sunday in Appleton.
Steitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry last Decemberin Stockholm, Sweden, along with Ada Yonath of Israel and AmericanVenkatraman Ramakrishnan.
It was for their atom-by-atom description of ribosomes, theprotein-making machinery within cells.
Their research is being used to develop new antibiotics.
Steitz grew up in Milwaukee, graduated from Wauwatosa HighSchool in 1958 and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry fromLawrence in 1962.
Lawrence awarded Steitz an honorary doctorate of sciencedegree in 1981 and gave him its Lucia R. Briggs DistinguishedAchievement Award in 2002.
The school also renamed its science hall the Thomas A. SteitzHall of Science.
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