Sir Richard Timothy Hunt

The Nobel lecture

Sir Richard Timothy Hunt


Sir Richard Timothy Hunt graduated in 1964 and later received his PhD from University of Cambridge in 1968. He conducted research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, then later taught at Cambridge (1981–90) and in 1991 became principal scientist at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK).

Sir Tim hunt was awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001 jointly shared with Leland H. Hartwell and Sir Paul M. Nurse “for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle”.His research centered on the chain of events that a cell undergoes from one division to another- known as the cell cycle, the process includes growth, DNA duplication, and division. Concentrating on cyclins, the proteins that form and break down during the cell cycle, he was able to isolate the first cyclin in 1982 using sea urchins. He discovered that cyclin binds to the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) molecules, functioning as a biochemical-enabling agent to activate the CDKs (key enzymes involved in many cell functions). His groundbreaking discovery aided in the understanding of cancer-cell development.

Awards and Honors:

  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Member (1978)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1991)
  • Abraham White Scientific Achievement Award of the George Washington University  (1993)
  • Foreign Honorable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical sciences (FMedSci) (1998)
  • Foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (1999)
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine (2001)
  • Appointed Officier Legion d’Honneur (2002)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (HonFRSE) (2003)
  • Royal Society’s Royal Medal (2006)
  • Knight Bachelor (2006)

Be ready for anonce-in-a-lifetime inspiring lecture by an outstanding biologist who has contributed immeasurably to our knowledge of most aspects of cell biology at ICMS 2018!



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