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Sir Martin Evans FRS

The Award

Cardiff University Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, the most prestigious honour in world science.

The Nobel Assembly announced Sir Martin as one of three winners for “a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals.”

The Award

The Science - Gene Targeting

The genetic techniques developed by Sir Martin and his two fellow Nobel Laureates are already bringing huge benefits, having been adopted in laboratories the world over for vital research into hundreds of diseases and disorders.

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Copley Medal

University school named after Sir Martin Evans FRS


In a special unveiling ceremony held in Cardiff’s civic centre, the University officially re-named its prestigious School of Biosciences in honour of its Nobel Prize winning Chancellor, Sir Martin Evans FRS. Coinciding with this event was the official opening of the School of Biosciences’ new £4million avant-garde extension.
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Copley Medal

The Copley Medal


Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS has been awarded one of the world’s oldest prizes for scientific achievement - the Copley Medal - by the Royal Society. Sir Martin joins an eminent list of previous recipients including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday and Stephen Hawking.

Sir Martin Evans (left) receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine from King Carl Gustaf XVI

Sir Martin Evans (left) receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine from King Carl XVI Gustaf
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Nobel Prize Ceremony


Sir Martin received the prize from His Majesty the King of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December 2007.

A video of the ceremony is available on the Nobel Prize website.

The award ceremony was followed by a Royal Banquet which was held at the Stockholm City Hall where Sir Martin and his colleagues dined with their family and friends, alongside other Nobel Laureates and members of the Swedish Royal Family.

Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS

Sir Martin talks about his work

Sir Martin, described by The Independent newspaper as one of “Ten Britons who have shaped our world”, talks about his work and what the award means to him.

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Image © Reuters)

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, led tributes to the achievements of Sir Martin.

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