Year of Honorary Fellowship, 2016
Professor Sir Paul Nurse FRS is a world-renowned geneticist and former President of the Royal Society. He is Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Leland Hartwell and Tim Hunt for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells in the cell cycle.
Prof Nurse has received over 60 Honorary Degrees and Fellowships, including from the University of Bath, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Kent, the University of Warwick and the University of Worcester. He was also appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (HonFREng) in 2012. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
Prof Nurse has a lifelong interest in beetles which he developed through creating his own beetle collection as a child.