Gordon Hammes

Gordon Hammes
Born 1934
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Nationality United States
Fields Biochemistry
Alma mater Princeton University
Known for Enzyme kinetics and mechanism
Notable awards McKay Prize, ACS Award in Biological Chemistry

Gordon G. Hammes (born 1934 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) is a Distinguished Service Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, at Duke University and member of United States National Academy of Sciences. Hammes's research involves the study of enzyme mechanisms and enzyme regulation.[1]

Early life and education

Hammes was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1934. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University in 1956 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959.[1]


Hammes conducted postdoctoral research with Manfred Eigen at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany. He then secured a faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Cornell University in 1965, where he was professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry. He spent some time at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and joined the biochemistry faculty at Duke University in 1991.[1] He served as vice chancellor of academic affairs at the Duke University Medical Center from 1991 through 1998.[2][3]

Hammes was editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry from 1992 until 2003, and president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology starting in 1994.[1][4] The Gordon Hammes ACS Biochemistry Lectureship was established in 2009 in order to honor significant contributions to the field of biochemistry.[5]

Scientific contributions

Hammes's research centered on enzyme mechanisms and enzyme regulation. He has studied numerous enzymes including pyruvate dehydrogenase and fatty acid synthase.[1] He has written several books, including Chemical Kinetics; Principles and Selected Topics (1966), Thermodynamics and Kinetics for the Biological Sciences (2000), and Spectroscopy for the Biological Sciences (2005).[1]

Awards and distinctions


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "ASBMB Past Presidents". American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  2. "Marchuk Selected for 2010 Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award". Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. "Guide to the Gordon G. Hammes Papers and Records, 1987-2008". Duke Medical Center Library & Archives. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. "Gordon Hammes". Naples Music Club. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  5. "Gordon Hammes ACS Biochemistry Lectureship" (PDF). American Chemical Society. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
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