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Professor Sir Paul Nurse: 'Science as Revolution'

20 May 2019
Location: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5ED
Start time: 18:30
End time: 20:30

We are very excited to announce that Honorary Fellow, former Royal Society President and Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Paul Nurse will be giving a talk entitled 'Science as Revolution', at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, on the evening of Monday 20 May.

All Churchill College members are invited to attend the drinks reception and talk with a maximum of one guest each.

Paul Nurse was born in Norfolk and raised in London, where he attended Harrow County Grammar School. In 1970 he received a degree in biology at the University of Birmingham and a PhD in 1973 from the University of East Anglia for research on amino acid pools in Candida utilis.

His illustrious career includes periods spent at Urs Leupold's laboratory in Bern, Switzerland (where he learned classical genetics of fission yeast); the laboratory of Murdoch Mitchison at the University of Edinburgh (where he identified the cdc2 gene in the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe); seting up his own laboratory at the University of Sussex (where he developed techniques that allowed him to clone the cdc2 gene from fission yeast and to show that it encoded a protein kinase); the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) where he identified the human cdc2 homologous gene which codes for a cyclin dependent kinase CDK1, later becoming Director General and Chief Executive; the Department of Microbiology at the University of Oxford; Rockefeller University in New York City (as President); and in 2010, the Francis Crick Institute in London, where he became the first Director and Chief Executive.

Among Paul's many awards are the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Leland Hartwell and Tim Hunt for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells in the cell cycle. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and in 1995 he received the Royal Society Royal Medal and became a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1998 and was knighted in 1999. He was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur in 2002 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005. He was a member of the Council for Science and Technology advising the Prime Minister from 2000 to 2015. In 2013 he became the winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science conferred by the World Cultural Council, and since 2017 has been a Chief Scientific Advisor of the European Commission.

Paul has received over 60 honorary degrees and fellowships including those from universities where he was trained - Birmingham, East Anglia, Edinburgh and Sussex - as well as Oxford and Cambridge. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and of the British Academy.

We expect this event to be extremely popular, so whilst tickets are free, booking is essential. If you do book and find yourself unable to attend we would be very grateful if you could cancel your ticket in Eventbrite, or let us know so that someone else can attend if the talk sells out.

Bookings close Tuesday 14 May.

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