We speak to Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse

Published on: 5 June 2014

University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer Professor Nick Talbot and President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse.

Nobel Prize winner and President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse spoke to Exeter’s Xpression FM before giving a public talk on ‘Great Ideas of Biology’ at the University.


Interview with Sir Paul Nurse. Nobel Prizewinner and President of the Royal Society. by Matthew Bate on Mixcloud


Sir Paul shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; he talks to Xpression FM's Matthew Bate about winning science’s most coveted prize, studying with Exeter Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) Professor Nick Talbot, and what he thinks has been the most important scientific discovery in the last 100 years.

Sir Paul is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled and how cell shape and cell dimensions are determined. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction.

He is President of the Royal Society and Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London and has served as Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University.

In addition to the 2001 Nobel Prize he has received the Albert Lasker Award and the Royal Society's Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted in 1999 and received the Legion d'honneur in 2003.

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