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21 January 2009
Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Martin Evans has been awarded the Gold Medal of The Royal Society of Medicine in recognition of his valuable contribution to medicine.
Sir Martin, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, was presented with his Gold Medal by the President of The Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Robin Williamson at a special awards ceremony for Members of the Council of the Royal Society of Medicine in London (20 January).
The Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine is awarded triennially by the Society’s Council to scientists who have made valuable contributions towards the progress of Art and Science of Medicine, Preventive Medicine or Surgery either by original discoveries or by the practical application of the results of previous investigations of other scientists.
Sir Martin, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at the University, said: "I am highly honoured to join the exalted company of the 30 previous recipients since the medal's inception in 1920."
Sir Martin was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells, which can be adapted for a wide variety of medical purposes. His discoveries are now being applied in virtually all areas of biomedicine – from basic research to the development of new therapies.
Previous Gold Medal winners include fellow Nobel Prize winners for Medicine Professor Sir Peter Mansfield for his discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Sir Alexander Fleming and Sir Howard Florey for their work in the development of modern antibiotics.
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