Jim Kent

Jim Kent by Peter Adams.

Jim Kent, Santa Cruz, California, 2017.

Jim Kent is a research scientist and computer programmer best known for his work on the Human Genome Project. In 2000, while a PhD student at the University of California Santa Cruz, Kent wrote the software which allowed the publicly funded Human Genome Project to win the race to assemble and publish the human genome sequence. Being the first to publish the sequence ensured that the human genome would remain free and protected from commercial patents.