Published: 26 June 2013

Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt speaks at Surrey

Inspiring scientific research with ‘Secrets of Cell Division’ seminar.

More than 160 students, researchers and academics gained a fascinating insight into the work of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt during special seminar at the University of Surrey.

Sir Tim, who works for Cancer Research UK, described scientists’ quest to understand the process of cell division, his passion for research and the work taking place in his own laboratory. He also answered questions from the audience about his discoveries and his thoughts on what is still left to discover in cell science and cancer research.

The event was organised by Jim Al-Khalili, Professor in Physics and Johnjoe McFadden, Professor in Molecular Genetics.

It was the third in a series of seminars relating to the pair’s collaborative research into quantum biology — an emerging field of science that draws together biology and physics and could help the world to understand more about natural processes as diverse as photosynthesis, bird migration and  even the sense of smell.

Professor Al-Khalili said: “Not only did this seminar cover a fascinating area of research — what came across was Sir Tim's enthusiasm and sheer delight in the process of research itself, which cuts across discipline boundaries.”

 “It was a great experience for our students,” Professor McFadden said. “Sir Tim is one of the most engaging speakers in science and provided lots of advice on how to win a Nobel Prize!”

Sir Tim won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his part in discovery of protein that controls cell division. Find out more in this BBC video.


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