I'm a little late to this, but The Atlantic recently selected nine candidates for the honor of "today's greatest inventor." Stanford's Ronald Davis, PhD, is among them, in the company of people like Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
Davis, a professor of biochemistry and genetics, was nominated by George Church, PhD, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, for his work mapping and cloning DNA and his contributions to the Human Genome Project.
The Atlantic reported Church saying about Davis: "He’s not just a one-hit wonder. He’s a frequent provider of disruptive core technologies.”