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Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe wins Nobel Prize

7th October 2019

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Magdalen Fellow Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe has jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, along with William Kaelin Jr at Harvard University, and Gregg Semenza at Johns Hopkins University, for discovering how cells use oxygen to burn fuel and help the body maintain and grow new tissues.

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe is currently Director of the Target Discovery Institute at Oxford University and Director of Clinical Research at the Francis Crick Institute in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours List, he was knighted for services to clinical medicine.

Professor Sir David Clary, President of Magdalen, said, “The College is truly proud and delighted with the announcement of the Nobel Prize to Sir Peter Ratcliffe, Fellow by Special Election at Magdalen. Peter established the fundamental molecular mechanism for the sensing of oxygen by cells and this has subsequently been found to be a central feature for the understanding of many diseases. This is the tenth Nobel Prize for a Magdalen member and the fifth in medicine. The College flag is flying in Peter’s honour.”

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