Philip P. Green PhD

Recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award, 2002
"For his contributions to development of the computational tools essential for sequencing of the human genome."

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA


Dr. Green, a mathematician, has had a broad and profound impact on the development and success of genome analysis. His software has made possible the automated sequencing of the three billion base pairs in the human genome and represents the most important technical advance in DNA sequencing of the 1990's. He was the first to recognize that only a subset of genes evolve sufficiently slowly to maintain recognizable sequence similarity across phylogenetically distant groups and was one of the first to recognize that the true number of human genes was much less than the 100,000 previously estimated.

Dr. Green is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley and has also worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Collaborative Research Inc. and Washington University, St. Louis. Since 1994 he has been at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.