Famous British Biochemist Frederick Sanger Dies at 95

Famous British Biochemist Frederick Sanger Dies at 95

Frederick Sanger died at the age of 95 at a Cambridge hospital. He was the famous and stalwart British biochemist. His work was acknowledged by honoring him with the Noble Prize for two times for his researches on the proteins that form DNA and the sequencing of genomes. His contribution to understand the genetic information encoded in an organism's DNA is unparallel.

He was born in Gloucestershire in 1918 and his father was a doctor. He studied medicine at Cambridge.

Sanger said that he was above average but not an outstanding scholar. He initially wanted to study medicine, but he changed his mind before going to University and realized that he was apt for a career in which he could concentrate his activities and interests more on a single goal. For him, it was not possible for him in his father's profession.

The year was 1958, when Sanger was awarded with his first Noble Prize in chemistry for studies on sequencing of proteins and insulin. The second Noble Prize came his way 22 years after the first one. This time he was got the prestigious award for work on sequencing proteins and helping to decode genomes.

After retirement in 1993, Sanger open a research center named Wellcome Trust's Sanger Institute. The research center was intended for the Human Genome Project.

"Fred was an inspiration to many, for his brilliant work, for his quiet determination and for his modesty. He refused most invitations for interviews, but often helped schools and students", said Professor Sir Mike Stratton, director at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

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