Dr. Jonathan Rothberg is best known for inventing next-generation sequencing.
His pioneering work in that field was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, by President Obama.
He founded 454 Life Sciences, bringing to market the first new method for sequencing genomes since Sanger and Gilbert won the Nobel Prize in 1980.
Dr. Rothberg went on to invent semiconductor chip-based sequencing, and sequenced Gordon Moore (Moore’s Law, Nature), ushering in the age of the $1,000 Genome.
Dr. Rothberg was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a B.S.
in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.