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Great Briton Award

01 February 2008

Sir Martin Evans

Nobel laureate Sir Martin Evans, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at the University has been recognised as a ‘Great Briton’ in the 2007 Morgan Stanley ‘Great Britons Awards’.

Sir Martin, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine was announced as the winner of the Science and Innovation category at a star-studded ceremony in London’s Guildhall last night (31 January).

He was named as a ‘Great Briton’ ahead of the two other finalists in the category, neurobiologist Professor Colin Blakemore and the former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Sir David King.

Sir Martin was awarded the Science and Innovation award for his pioneering stem cell research. He was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells, which can be adapted for a wide variety of medical purposes.

His ground-breaking 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.

Sir Martin said: "I’m delighted to win this award and am glad that the research and work done by all scientists across Britain is widely recognised for its importance, significance and achievements."

There were seven categories in the awards, each with three finalists based on public nominations and the decision of a panel of judges. Other category winners included Lewis Hamilton (sport) and Tim Smit (environment). Harry Potter author JK Rowling won the arts category and was also announced as the Morgan Stanley Great Briton of 2007.