Geneticist and cell biologist, Director of The Francis Crick Institute, and 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, Sir Paul Nurse, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a conversation about his career, his personal life and an unexpected family revelation that uncovered his true genetic origins, his new book “What is Life?” and what is means to be alive, and his experience and scientific views on the COVID-19 pandemic and being a Chief Scientific advisor for the European Union.
Sir Paul 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 the Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, Chancellor of the University of Bristol, and has served as 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.
In 2020, he wrote “What is Life?”, in this book Sir Paul takes up the challenge of defining life in a way that every reader can understand. “What is Life?” has been published in 22 countries.
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