Sir Tim Hunt

Sir Tim Hunt FRS (1961), born 19 February 1943, is a biochemist and Nobel laureate.

He studied at Clare as an undergraduate, PhD student and Research Fellow, and later at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While doing summer work in 1982 at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, he discovered the cyclin molecule which regulates the cell cycle in vertebrate cells. He and others subsequently showed that the cyclins activate a family of proteins, one of which is a crucial cell cycle regulator. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with Leland H. Hartwell and Paul M. Nurse) for these discoveries.

In 1990 he moved from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge to become Principal Scientist at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) laboratories.

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the Abraham White Scientific Achievement Award and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of Clare College in 2001. In 2006 he was awarded the Royal Society’s Royal Medal and was knighted for services to science.