About this event

  • Date and time Tue 28 Jan 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

In this free evening lecture Sir Paul Nurse will ask the question 'What is life?'. He'll discuss five great ideas of biology, ranging from the ‘cell’ to the ‘logic of life’.


Key speakers

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction.

Speaker's biography

Sir Paul is director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, and has served as president of the Royal Society, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and president of Rockefeller University. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award, the Gairdner Award, the Louis Jeantet Prize and the Royal Society's Royal and Copley Medals.

He was knighted by The Queen in 1999, received the Legion d'honneur in 2003 from France, and the Order of the Rising Sun in 2018 from Japan. He served for 15 years on the Council of Science and Technology, advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and is presently a chief scientific advisor for the European Union and a trustee of the British Museum.

Sir Paul flies gliders and vintage aeroplanes and has been a qualified bush pilot. He also likes the theatre, hill-walking, going to museums and art galleries, and running.


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Welcome address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

2020 Dangoor lecture - What is life?

Sir Paul Nurse, Geneticist and Cell Biologist and Director, Francis Crick Institute

Discussion time
Vote of thanks
Drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom