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Tim Hunt biography

Date of birth : 1943-02-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Neston in the Wirral, England
Nationality : English
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-09-20
Credited as : biochemist, Nobel Prize in Medicine,

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Tim Hunt is an English biochemist. Hunt was born on 19 February, 1943 in Neston, Cheshire to Richard William Hunt, a lecturer in palaeography in Liverpool, and Kit Rowland, daughter of a timber merchant.

Raised in Oxford and schooled at Cambridge, biochemist Tim Hunt found the cyclin molecule in a sea urchin. Cyclins are proteins that oscillate throughout the cell cycle, binding and activating cyclin-dependent kinases. For his discovery of these key regulators of the cell cycle, Hunt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2001, sharing the honor with his collaborator Paul Nurse, and with the American scientist Leland H. Hartwell.

His wife, Mary Collins, is a professor of infection and immunity at University College London.


Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001 (with Leland H. Hartwell and Paul Nurse)
Knight of the British Empire 2006
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Royal Society
National Academy of Sciences

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