Jacques H. van Boom (1937-2004)

Subject Fields
(Bio-Organic) Chemistry 
Simpelveld, The Netherlands
Famous for
The 'van Boom's phosphotriester modification' which made it possible to synthesise DNA fragments both on a large scale and in an automated, solid support fashion.  Discoveries included the first single atom structure of a defined DNA duplex and a new type of duplex DNA (Z-DNA). 
Researcher in Leiden
Today in Leiden
The Leiden Institute of Chemistry boasts more than 60 PhD and numerous post-doc students supervised by Boom. He has also brought greater national and international prominence to the Institute, being one of the most influential Dutch scientists of the last 25 years.

Last Modified: 08-01-2009