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Arnold credited her four brothers for giving her the skills to move from a career in mechanical engineering to protein engineering


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She graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

“She is a terrific person, obviously,” said Earl Dowell, who was one of Arnold’s advisers at Princeton and is now the William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. “Much of her work was in what I would think of as biology, so even though her degrees are in engineering she’s obviously used that to catapult into other interesting domains.”

Arnold focused on solar energy research while she was an undergraduate at Princeton, and shifted to biochemistry in graduate school. Many scientists were working on engineering proteins (molecular machines) through their genetic code, but Arnold decided to try a different approach: using evolution.

Her willingness to try a radically different approach was key to her success, said Todd Hyster, an assistant professor of chemistry who did his postdoctoral research in Arnold’s lab at Caltech. “The idea of testing a large number of proteins with random mutations introduced throughout the sequence, selecting the best one and repeating the process, was a formula used in nature, but it had not been applied as a means for protein engineering,” Hyster said. “This approach was anathema to how things were approached at the time. I think Frances was certainly met with a degree of resistance at the time. It is a testament to her to her vision, conviction and perseverance that she was able to ignore these criticisms.”


Princeton engineering alumna Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry



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