Paul M. Nurse was awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 1996 for his exceptional scientific research, which forms the basis of our current knowledge on the regulation of the division of eukaryotic cells and the molecular components and mechanisms involved.
Paul Maxime Nurse was born in the United Kingdom in 1949 and obtained the B.Sc. degree from the University of Birmingham in Biological Sciences. In 1973 he received the Ph.D. degree from the University of East Anglia in Cell Biology/Biochemistry. He was Director of Laboratory Research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London. Since 2003 he is president of The Rockefeller University in New York, USA. Dr Nurse is a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of Academia Europaea and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He has won many prizes and awards for his scientific work and has given numerous award lectures. In 2001 he won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.