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Fredrick Sanger


PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, November 29, 2013 10:55
Tags : Fredrick Sanger |Nobel Prize | Royal Medal |Copley Medal |Corday-Morgan Medal |

Fredrick Sanger, two times winner of the Nobel Prize for his work in biochemistry which opened new doors in the study of genetic engineering died at the age of 95. He was first awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry at the age of 40 in 1958 for his work on protein structure, and then again in 1980 for identifying base sequences in nucleic acids. Modest to a fault, he had once described himself as a “chap who messed around in the lab”. In 1992 he became the inspiration behind the Sanger Centre set up for furthering the knowledge of genomes. His many honours included the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Chemical Society; the Royal Medal of the Royal Society; the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1979. He famously turned down a knighthood in the year 1981 as he did not want to be “different” but accepted the Order of Merit in 1986.

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