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Paul Nurse (1949-), Biochemist

Sir Paul Maxime Nurse

Sitter in 3 portraits
Geneticist and cell biologist, Nurse was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (jointly with Dr Tim Hunt and Dr Leland Hartwell) for his work on the genes that regulate the cell division cycle. His important discoveries have improved our understanding of how cancer cells divide. Nurse was formerly Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, the largest charity in the United Kingdom. He has been President of Rockefeller University in New York since 2003, where he continues his research. In 2010 Nurse became president of the Royal Society, and in 2011 was appointed Director and Chief Executive of The Francis Crick Institute.