Sir Dr. Tim Hunt

Tim-HuntSir Tim Hunt was born in 1943, in Neston, England. He is a great British scientist, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 2001, for the discovery of the key proteins that regulate cell division.

At the age of 8, Tim began school and soon he discovered his passion for Biology. Six years later, Tim moved to Magdalen College School in Oxford where he became more and more interested in Biology and Science, especially Biochemistry.

In 1961, he was accepted to Clair College, Cambridge where he attended high school. He started studying natural sciences and three years later he graduated and was immediately accepted to the university’s Department of Biochemistry. For his PhD, Tim moved to New York in 1966, where he was working with Irvin London for four months. In 1968, he finished his PhD and moved back to New York to restart his work with Irving London. In the summer of 1982 he was working at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S., and he had his great breakthrough, the discovery of the molecule called cyclin, which is the protein kinase that regulates cell cycle.

In 1990 he began to work at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, known as the London Research Institute in the United Kingdom.

His scientific activity was awarded several times. First in 1991 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. Then, in 1999 he became a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2001 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology and in 2006, Tim was awarded with the Royal Medal and in the same year was knighted by the Queen and became Sir.

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