Sir Paul Nurse is Director and CEO of the Francis Crick Institute in London and a past president of the Royal Society. A geneticist and cell biologist, he is best known for his world-leading research into cyclin-dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction.

Nurse served as Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and was President of Rockefeller University. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award and the Royal Society’s Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted in 1999 and received the Legion d’honneur in 2003.