Geneticist who received the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or medicine for discovering protein molecules that control the division of cells in the cell cycle. In 2010 he became the preside of the Royal Society.
He attended the University of Birmingham before receiving his PhD in 1973 from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
He has criticized Republican politicians for their opposition to teaching natural selection in schools and he believes that more scientists should speak up on matters of public policy.
He was forced to believe while growing up that his grandmother was his mother and biological mother was his sister.
He was a fan of Albert Einstein.