Brian T. Chait was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He received his B. Sc. (1969) and B. Sc. (Hons) (1970) from the University of Cape Town and D.Phil. (1976) in experimental nuclear physics from Oxford University. He is currently Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor at Rockefeller University in New York, where he is Head of the Laboratory for Mass Spectrometry and Gaseous Ion Chemistry. He also directs the NIH-funded National Resource for the Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Biological Macromolecules. Professor Chait has received several awards for his research in developing instrumentation and methods for characterizing proteins, including the 2000 Bijvoet Medal, the 2002 ACS Field & Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry, the 2007 HUPO 2007 Distinguished Discovery Award In Proteomics, and the 2012 Per Edman Award. He has co-authored more than 350 publications (40,500 citations) and has been awarded 25 US patents.
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