Dr Tomas Lindahl
Dr Tomas Lindahl, a world leading scientist specialising in cancer research, will be awarded Doctor of the University for his contribution to Medicine (Wednesday 10th July, 2013).
He is a member of the Swedish and Norwegian Academies of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Royal Society’s Royal Medal in 2007 and the Copley Medal in 2010 (other such prestigious award-holders include Professor Sir Harry Kroto and Professor Stephen Hawking).
He earned his PhD in 1967 and a Doctor of Medicine qualification in 1970 from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, with postgraduate work at Princeton University in New Jersey and Rockefeller University in New York.
After moving to the UK he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) as a Principal Scientist in 1981. He was the Director of the Clare Hall Laboratories, part of the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, 1984-2007.
Under his direction Clare Hall became a leading centre for studies of DNA repair, recombination and replication, cell cycle control and transcription. He won the Royal Medal in 2007 for ‘making fundamental contributions to our understanding of DNA repair.’
His achievements as a scientist stand out for their great originality, breadth and influence.