Recorded: 16 Jun 2005
I was in the same lab. I was in the same lab. We talked and he was a definite influence in the lab.
Well, he was always—he’s a theoretician, you see. He wasn’t doing any experiments or anything. He used to go around and talking to people and, of course, giving lectures. He was a very volatile person, very enthusiastic. I think everybody in the lab was influenced by him, but other people too. He wasn’t very practical. Usually he had some silly ideas. But he was a thinker and other people were more doers. I was a doer; he was a thinker. But obviously you need both, really. I think that he was some influence on getting me into the nucleic acid field.
Frederick Sanger, OM, CH, CBE, FRS (born 13 August 1918) is an English biochemist and twice a Nobel laureate in chemistry. In 1958 he was awarded a Nobel prize in chemistry "for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin". In 1980, Walter Gilbert and Sanger shared half of the chemistry prize "for their contributions concerning the determination of base sequences in nucleic acids". The other half was awarded to Paul Berg "for his fundamental studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids, with particular regard to recombinant-DNA".
He is the fourth (and only living) person to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes, either wholly or in part.