Marvin Makinen

Marvin Makinen

Title: Professor
Company: University of Chicago

Location: Chicago Illinois, United States

Marvin Makinen, Professor at University of Chicago, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of science education.

Initially raised on his grandfather’s farm, Dr. Makinen developed a love for the natural world. His appreciation for the sciences was nurtured by a high school physics teacher, who took an interest in Dr. Makinen and encouraged him to pursue his passion. Dr. Makinen attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1961, and completed postgraduate coursework in chemistry at the Free University of Berlin during his last year of undergraduate study. He returned to his alma mater where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1968 and later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in molecular biophysics from Oxford University in 1976.

Dr. Makinen served as an intern at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City from 1968 to 1969 before working as a research associate  at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, from 1969 to 1971. He read for the degree of D. Phil. in Molecular Biophysics at the University of Oxford from 1971 to 1974 and joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1974. Dr. Makinen has remained with the university since 1974, serving as an assistant professor from 1974 to 1980, associate professor from 1980 to 1986 and chairman of his department from 1988 to 1993. Dr. Makinen has held the rank of professor of biochemistry and molecular biology since 1986. He greatly enjoys his time at the University of Chicago because faculty and students alike are highly motivated to learn and actively search for new knowledge through research.

Dr. Makinen has been widely recognized for his talents. He has been named Willy Brandt Exchange fellow at the Free University of Berlin from 1960 to 1961, Berquist fellow of the American Scandinavian Foundation in 1970 and National Institutes of Health Special fellow from 1971 to 1974. Furthermore, he has been an established investigator with the American Heart Association from 1975 to 1980, a senior fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a John E. Fogarty Senior international fellow, both from 1984 to 1985, a Guggenheim fellow from 1997 to 1998 and a Sigrid Juselius fellow from 2015 to 2017.

Never one to limit himself, Dr. Makinen has been a visiting professor at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Turku in Finland. He served as a senior surgeon with the US Public Health Service from 1969 to 1971 and has spent much of his time investigating the case of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat and humanitarian who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jewish people during WWII. Dr. Makinen is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Makinen has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has also been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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