Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse (Photo: BBC)

Sir Paul, Nurse was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001 with Leland H. Hartwell and R. Timothy Hunt for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the duplication of cells important for understanding cancer.

He did postdoctoral work at universities in Bern, Switzerland, Edinburgh, and Sussex, and joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London in 1984. In 1988 he moved to the University of Oxford as chair of its department of microbiology, and he returned to ICRF in 1993 as director of research. He became director general in 1996 and in 2002 was appointed chief  executive of Cancer Research UK, formed when ICRF merged with the Cancer Research Campaign.

In 1989 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, receiving a Royal Medal in 1995 and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 2005. He became a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and was knighted in 1999.

He moved his laboratory to the United States upon being named president of Rockefeller University in 2003. He is currently President of the Royal Society and Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute.

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2012