Paul Berg is a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. Berg is currently the Cahill Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus. He was born in New York City and received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He joined the faculty of the Stanford School of Medicine in 1959. Professor Berg has received international recognition for his work on the genetic mechanisms through which cells form proteins. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing methods to map the structure and function of DNA and the development of the recombinant DNA technology. He has received the National Medal of Science and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the French Academy of Science, and the Royal Society (London).