Fred Sanger: Double Nobel Laureate: A Biography

by George G. Brownlee

Synopsis: Considered ‘the father of genomics’, Fred Sanger (1918–2013) paved the way for the modern revolution in our understanding of biology. His pioneering methods for sequencing proteins, RNA and, eventually, DNA earned him two Nobel Prizes. He remains one of only four scientists (and the only British scientist) ever to have achieved that distinction. In this, the first full biography of Fred Sanger to be published, Brownlee traces Sanger’s life from his birth in rural Gloucestershire to his retirement in 1983 from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Along the way, he highlights the remarkable extent of Sanger’s scientific achievements and provides a real portrait of the modest man behind them. Including an extensive transcript of a rare interview of Sanger by the author, this biography also considers the wider legacy of Sanger’s work, including his impact on the Human Genome Project and beyond.

Published: November 2014 | ISBN: 9781107083349

Mini-bio: Frederick Sanger was a British biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry twice, one of only two people to have done so in the same category, the fourth person overall with two Nobel Prizes, and the third person overall with two Nobel Prizes in the sciences. In 1958, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry “for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin”. In 1980, Walter Gilbert and Sanger shared half of the chemistry prize “for their contributions concerning the determination of base sequences in nucleic acids”. The other half was awarded to Paul Berg “for his fundamental studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids, with particular regard to recombinant DNA”. Wikipedia

Author’s Mini-bio: Professor George Gow Brownlee  is a British pathologist and fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. Wikipedia

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