What does it actually mean to be alive? Nobel prize-winner Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work, and in his latest book What Is Life, aims to define life in a way that everyone can understand. In conversation with Julia Wheeler he’ll describe the challenges, the lucky breaks and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery, explaining why it’s vital we all understand what life is in order to survive the challenges that face the human race today.
‘A beautifully written exploration of perhaps the most important question in science.’
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Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction. He is Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, Chancellor of the University of Bristol, and has served as President of the Royal Society, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University. Paul shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award, the Gairdner Award, the Louis Jeantet Prize and the Royal Society’s Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted by The Queen in 1999, received the Legion d’honneur in 2003 from France, and the Order of the Rising Sun in 2018 from Japan.
Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE and covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010. She continues to work as a freelance journalist. Julia has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums. She is chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science) and the Stratford Literary Festival. As festivals and organisations transition to digital or hybrid events, Julia is hosting online conversations, webinars and panel discussions for UK and international organisations and audiences.
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