Robert Lanza is a reputed name in the field of medicine, and is well known for his discoveries pertaining to embryonic stem cells. He had an underprivileged childhood, but that did not deter him from becoming a great scientist. He was a promising student and had carried out several experiments in his basement in altering the genetics of chickens, which helped him in getting the attention of medical researchers at the Harvard Medical School. He received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He also became a member of the team that successfully cloned the first human embryo in the world.
Due to his exemplary achievements in the field of medical science, Robert Lanza has been the winner of several prestigious awards such as Rave Award for Medicine in the 2005, and over the years, he has won several other awards, the recent one being the NIH Director’s Award in 2010. Some of the other awards that he had won include the Movers and Shakers award, the award for 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life-Sciences industry, the Outstanding Contribution in Contemporary Biology award and the All-Star Award for Biotechnology.
Robert Lanza is also known for coming up with the theory of biocentrism which was featured in the American Scholar as an article titled ‘A New Theory of the Universe’ in the year 2007. This theory has seen a mixed reception, with many people agreeing to the theory, while others have criticized it.