Daniel Nathans is awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine, sharing it with Werner Arber and Hamilton O. Smith, "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics".

Next he goes to the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York for an internship.

He spends the first half of 1969 learning about animal cells and viruses at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

Nathans accepts a faculty position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology. Since 1972, he is the Director of the Department of Microbiology. He serves as President of the University from 1995 to 1996.

Daniel Nathans is born in Wilmington, DE, USA.

He spends three years as a Guest Investigator at Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York.

Then he applies for medical school and receives a scholarship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A summer of research convinces him that a career in medical research and teaching suited him better than medical practice. He gets an M. D. degree in 1954.

Daniel Nathans dies in Baltimore.

He attends the University of Delaware, where he studies chemistry, philosophy, and literature. He gains his B. S. in Chemistry in 1950.

During his years in Bethesda, he marries Joanne Gomberg. The couple has three children.

From 1957 to 1959, he returns to the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for his medical residency.

After that, he serves as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.