Dr. Frederick Sanger, Two-Time Nobel Prize Laureate, Passes Away at the age of 95

Dr. Frederick Sanger passed on the 19th of November in Cambridge, England at the age of 95.

Many of us are familiar with Dr. Sanger’s name in reference to the dideoxy chain termination method of DNA sequencing, often referred to as Sanger sequencing in honor of the method’s developer. Dr. Sanger and Dr. Walter Gilbert shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980 for the discovery of chain termination sequencing. This was Dr. Sanger’s second Nobel Prize in Chemistry; in 1958 he was awarded the prize for his work on the structure of proteins, especially Insulin.

He is to date the only person to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.

On the topic of failure, Dr. Sanger had this to say:

"I think these periods occur in most people’s research careers and can be depressing and sometimes lead to disillusion. I have found the best antidote is to keep looking ahead. When an experiment is a complete failure it is best not to spend too much time worrying about it but rather get on with planning and becoming involved in the next one. This is always exciting and you soon forget your troubles" --Dr. Frederick Sanger, 1988

The following links provide more information on this remarkable individual:

The Official Website of the Nobel Prize

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11/03/2016 at 3:23pm