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Tim Hunt

AKA Richard Timothy Hunt

Born: 19-Feb-1943
Birthplace: Neston in the Wirral, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Regulators of cell cycle

Raised in Oxford and attended university at Cambridge, biochemist Tim Hunt found the cyclin molecule in a sea urchin. Cyclins are proteins that oscillate throughout the cell cycle, binding and activating cyclin-dependent kinases. For his discovery of these key regulators of the cell cycle, Hunt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2001, sharing the honor with his collaborator Paul Nurse, and with the American scientist Leland H. Hartwell.

His wife, Mary Collins, is a professor of infection and immunity at University College London.

Father: Richard William Hunt (paleography teacher)
Mother: Kit Hunt
Brother: Sandy Hunt (b. 1945)
Wife: Mary Collins (immunologist)
Daughter: Celia Hunt (b. circa 1996)
Daughter: Agnes Hunt (b. circa 2000)

    High School: Magdalen College School, Oxford, England (1961)
    University: BS Biology, Clare College, Cambridge University (1964)
    University: PhD Biochemistry, Clare College, Cambridge University (1968)
    Scholar: Yeshiva University (1966 and 1968)
    Teacher: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Teacher: Cambridge University (1981-91)
    Administrator: Principal Scientist, London Research Institute (1991-)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001 (with Leland H. Hartwell and Paul Nurse)
    Knight of the British Empire 2006
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Royal Society
    National Academy of Sciences

Author of books:
The Cell Cycle: An Introduction (1993, with Andrew Murray)
Molecular Biology of the Cell: The Problems Book (1989, with John Wilson)

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