The Society of Biology is on the hunt to determine the top 10 biologists who have changed the world.
They’ve gone through scientists with commemorative plaques, historically recognised greats of the past, and sought nominations from the public to produce a list of 40 of these individuals with links to the UK. They are now after your help to find the top 10 by voting in their poll.
The choice is from an impressive list of who’s who in the world of biology and with a healthy dose of biochemists included, we imagine those in our network will have difficulty choosing.
One choice, Sir Alec Jeffreys, is undoubtedly someone who has had a major impact on the world. His discovery of variation in human DNA and development of techniques for DNA fingerprinting revolutionized the way police fight crime, and helped resolve paternity disputes and unite immigrant families.
Dorothy Hodgkin, who was recently celebrated with a Google Doodle, is another stand out. Credited with the development of protein crystallography, she was just the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her impressive resume includes confirming the structure of penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin.
Fred Sanger also features. A winner of two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, he is just one of two people to have achieved this twice in the same category. He played a pivotal role in sequencing insulin, RNA and DNA, the latter of which led to the “dideoxy” chain-termination method eventually used to sequence the entire human genome.
Of course there are many equally-as-important people on the Society’s selection of 40 scientists, so please take some time to read through the list.
Read the entire list and vote in their poll. Voting closes 31 May.