Linda Buck

Linda B. Buck
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Linda B. Buck, PhD

Professor, Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Affiliate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington


BS, 1975, Microbiology, Psychology
University of Washington

PhD, 1980, Immunology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

1980, Immunology, Columbia University
1982, Neuroscience, Columbia University

Previous Academic Positions

2001, Full Professor, Harvard Medical School
1996, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
1991, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Prizes & Awards

2004     The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
2003     The Gairdner Foundation International Award
2003     Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize
1997     The Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research
1996     The R.H. Wright Award in Olfactory Research
1996     The Unilever Science Award
1992     The Sense of Smell Award, The Fragrance Foundation
1992     The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Science for Art Prize
1992     The Takasago Award for Research in Olfaction


2017     Honorary Member, New York Academy of Sciences
2017     Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Ben Gurion University
2015     Elected Foreign Member, The Royal Society
2015     Doctor of Science, honoris causa, University College London
2015     Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Harvard University
2011     Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Rockefeller University
2009     Elected Member, the European Academy of Sciences
2008     Elected Member, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
2007     The Medal of Merit, State of Washington
2006     Elected Member, the National Academy of Medicine
2006     Alumna Summa Laude Dignata, University of Washington
2006     The International Hall of Fame, International Women's Forum
2005     Brava Award, Women's University Club
2005     Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Washington
2005     Golden Plate Award, The Academy of Achievement
2003     Elected Member, the National Academy of Sciences
2002     Elected Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2000     Senior Scholar Award in Aging, The Ellison Medical Foundation
1995     The 1995 Distinguished Alumnus, Graduate School, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
1993     John Merck Scholarship in the Biology of Developmental Disabilities in Children
1992     Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship Award
1992     McKnight Scholar Award from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience