Sir Paul Nurse was named Alumnus of the Year in 2002 for his remarkable achievements in cell research.
Sir Paul’s discoveries enabled the development of new treatments and medicines for cancer and in 2001 he joined a select band of scientists when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine for his work on the division and shape of cells.
He said: “My experience as a student at Birmingham University was pivotal in my intellectual development and I was delighted to be named an Alumnus of the Year.”
Sir Paul’s current position is Head of the Royal Society, a fellowship of distinguished scientists set up to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
This role follows an illustrious career within the scientific community, with roles including Director General of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), Head of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University in New York.
Since 2000 he has also been a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology advising government.