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Sir Paul M. Nurse

Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute

Sir Paul M. Nurse

Paul M. Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction. He is Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, Chancellor of the University of Bristol, and has served as President of the Royal Society, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, and President of Rockefeller University. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award, the Gairdner Award, the Louis Jeantet Prize, and the Royal Society’s Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted by The Queen in 1999, received the Legion d’honneur in 2003 from France, and the Order of the Rising Sun in 2018 from Japan. He served for 15 years on the Council of Science and Technology, advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and is presently a Chief Scientific Adviser for the European Union. In 2020 he wrote “What is Life,” which has been published in 22 countries. Dr. Nurse flies gliders and vintage airplanes and has been a qualified bush pilot. He also likes the theater, hill-walking, going to museums and art galleries, and running very slowly.

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Sir Paul M. Nurse