Alexander Rich was the Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a faculty member since 1958. As well as discovering polynucleotide hybridization and the structure of double stranded RNA, Rich showed that protein synthesis occurs in a cluster of ribosomes (the polysome), he determined the structure of yeast tRNAPhe, and he discovered the existence of left-handed DNA. Rich received many honors and awards for his work including the National Medal of Science in 1995. Rich was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
Sadly, Alex Rich died on April 27, 2015. He was 90 years old.