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8 Oct, 2012

Congratulations to Sir John Gurdon, recipient (with Shinya Yamanaka) of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine. We profiled Sir John for Wellcome News, the full text of which appears here.

Wellcome Trust Blog

Professor Sir John Gurdon is the man who made cloning possible, pioneering nuclear transfer and the ‘reprogramming’ of the fate of cells. Yet, as he told me, he himself owes a lot to fate and luck.

Among the clutter of John Gurdon’s brightly lit Cambridge office sits a picture frame, displaying a small scrap of browning paper from an early school report. It reads: “I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist…this is quite ridiculous…it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who have to teach him.”

Professor Sir John Gurdon is now a knight of the realm, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a former Governor of the Wellcome Trust and the scientist who kickstarted the field of cloning.

That he should have so utterly disproved his schoolteacher’s assessment is testimony to his passion for science – and to an element…

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