Sir Tim Hunt FRS

Sir Tim Hunt studied Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge and joined the Department of Biochemistry as a research student in 1964, completing his PhD in 1968, entitled “The Synthesis of Haemoglobin”.

He spent the summer of 1966 in Irving London’s laboratory in New York, and returned there as a postdoctoral Fellow in 1968. He returned to the UK in 1971 to work with Tony Hunter and Richard Jackson in Cambridge, who had discovered that haemoglobin synthesis was initiated with a special methionine tRNA. In 1975, the group finally worked out that globin synthesis was controlled by protein phosphorylation. While teaching in 1982 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, he discovered cyclins, and in 2001 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Lee Hartwell and Paul Nurse for their discoveries of “Key regulators of the cell cycle”. In 1990, Dr Hunt left Cambridge to work at the Clare Hall Laboratories of  the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, now Cancer Research UK.

He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1991 and a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1999.  In 2006, he was awarded the Royal Medal for his work on cell cycle control and was knighted by the Queen in the same year. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Sir Tim Hunt FRS is a member of the Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.

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