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2005 Gruber Genetics Prize Citation

The Genetics Prize of The Peter Gruber Foundation is hereby proudly presented to Robert Hugh Waterston, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of genomics.

By mapping and then helping determine the sequences of the genomes of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and the human, Waterston played a pivotal role in the Human Genome Project.

He conceptualized and executed a broad variety of large-scale genomic investigations that made the fruits of genomic sequences immediately useful to all biological scientists.

His vigorous and instrumental advocacy of the importance of maintaining complete and free public access to genomic information has been critical for maximizing the use of such information to benefit humanity.