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Sir Martin Evans recognised as a ‘Great Briton’

31 January 2008

Nobel laureate Sir Martin Evans, Professor of Mammalian genetics at Cardiff 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 on January 31.

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.

There were seven categories in the awards, each with three finalists based on public nominations and the decision of a panel of judges.


Notes to Editors:

1. Further details on Sir Martin Evans can be found at

2. Sir Martin is unavailable for interviews on this occasion.

3. Cardiff School of Biosciences

The Cardiff School of Biosciences addresses the major biological questions which face health and life scientists. The major research areas of the School are: biodiversity and ecology, connective tissue biology, environmental biochemistry and microbiology, mammalian genetics, molecular enzymology and entomology, and neuroscience cell biology. The School also houses the Common Cold Centre, the world’s only centre dedicated to researching and testing new medicines for treatment of the symptoms of flu and the common cold.

The School achieved a one hundred per cent success in the national, independent assessment of university teaching quality. The top ‘excellent’ grade was awarded to Pure and Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and to the first and second year pre-clinical training for doctors and dentists.

4. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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