From revealing the structure of DNA to developing new treatments for heart disease and cancer, raising awareness of climate change to pioneering molecular machines, at the University of Birmingham we have been conducting research that matters for over one hundred years.

The work of our Nobel Prize winners has tackled global challenges and pioneered new discoveries which have transformed our understanding of the world. In 2016 we were delighted to add three more Nobel Prize winners to our alumni and staff for prizes in Chemistry and Physics. These awards highlight the eminence of research at Birmingham, where our academics continue to be at the forefront of ground-breaking discoveries, shaping policy and saving lives across the world.

Professor David J. Thouless and Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz

Professor David Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz


Deepening our understanding of exotic matter

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Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart

Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart


Pioneering molecular machines

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Professor Peter Bullock

Professor Peter Bullock


Understanding climate change

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Professor Sir Paul Nurse

Professor Sir Paul Nurse


Inspiring cancer treatments

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Professor Sir John Vane

Professor Sir John Vane


Understanding pain-relief: Aspirin

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Professor Maurice Wilkins

Professor Maurice Wilkins


Revealing DNA structure

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Professor Sir Peter Medawar

Professor Sir Peter Medawar


Pioneering organ transplants

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Lord Robert Cecil

Lord Robert Cecil


Founding the League of Nations

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Professor Sir Norman Haworth

Professor Sir Norman Haworth


Synthesising Vitamin C

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Professor Francis W. Aston

Professor Francis W. Aston


Discovering isotopes

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