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 Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz for deepening our understanding of exotic matter.
Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart for his work pioneering molecular machines.
Professor Peter Bullock contributed to the reports of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Sir Paul Nurse for his seminal discoveries at the molecular level of cell cycles.
Sir John Vane for his discoveries concerning aspirin and related painkillers.
Maurice Wilkins for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA and its importance in transferring information in living material.
Sir Peter Medawar for his research and analysis into the phenomenon of tolerance and transplantation immunity.
Lord Robert Cecil for being one of the architects of the League of Nations, later to become the United Nations.
Sir Norman Haworth for his investigations into carbohydrates and vitamin C.
Francis Aston for his work on isotopes and the whole-number rule.