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Great Britons Award

03 November 2007

Nobel Laureate and Cardiff University Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS has been named as one of the leading contenders for the 2007 Morgan Stanley ‘Great Britons’ award.

Sir Martin was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for medicine for "a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals". He was suggested as a worthy nominee in the Science and Innovation category by The Daily Telegraph newspaper which supports the awards.

Described as the ‘father of stem-cell research, Sir Martin was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells, which can be adapted for a wide variety of medical purposes. His pioneering discoveries are now applied in virtually all areas of biomedicine - from basic research to the development of new therapies, delivering new insights in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and cystic fibrosis.

The Science and Innovation category, for which Sir Martin has been proposed, is one of seven categories including Arts, the Environment and Sport that constitute the Great Britons Awards. Members of the public are invited to nominate people for each category who they think have contributed exceptional achievements in their field.

A panel of judges will then narrow down the public’s nominations to a shortlist of three. The winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony in January, and one individual will be awarded the overall prize of ‘Great Briton 2007’.

Anyone wishing to nominate Sir Martin Evans for the award can do so via the Morgan Stanley Great Britons web site at