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Paul Nurse

Life: a complex but beautiful principle.

61st President of the Royal Society, his predecessors include Newton and Huxley
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What is Life?

We often divide the world into two categories: living and non-living. However, the way we define life itself is a little unclear. For example, a virus has characteristics of both living and non-living things. Would it be possible to deal with threats such as a virus if we could better define life?

Nobel Prize winner and former President of the Royal Society, Paul Nurse has prepared a lecture series on “life.” As a scientist who has studied the mechanism of a cell throughout his life, he raises a simple question: “What is life?”

Nurse brings us the wonders of life in this lecture series. He vividly shows us the big picture of biology, along with its history and recent discoveries, while focusing on the five great ideas of modern biology: the cell, DNA, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information. Paul Nurse’s lectures integrate these five ideas and establish the principle of life, which will help us get a better understanding and perspective on what exactly life is at its core. Paul Nurse’s lectures can be our first step to overcoming the crises humanity faces now: climate change, a global pandemic, and the loss of the diversity of life.

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Paul Nurse

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2001)
61st President of the Royal Society (2010~2015)
Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute (2011~)
Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet (Council of Science and Technology)

Paul Nurse is an English Biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for his discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells.

Nurse served as the 61st President of the Royal Society (2010~2015). During his tenure, he was said to be the most influential president since Isaac Newton and Thomas Huxley. He is currently the director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, the biggest biomedical laboratory in Europe where more than 1,300 scientists are conducting advanced research in biology fields related to life and disease. As an educator, he is committed to developing ”good” scientists, by which he means ones with a passion to find the answer to questions, with good technical abilities, and with a certain set of attitudes, including self-criticism and open-mindedness.

Paul Nurse was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur and has advised the UK Prime Minister and the Cabinet for fifteen years.

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