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Sir Alan Roy FERSHT FRS FMedSci - Curriculum Vitae


Address: Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, CB2 1TA

BORN: 21st April 1943, Hackney, London.

1955-62 Sir George Monoux GS, Walthamstow, London
1962-65 Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1964 Natural Science Tripos Pt I Class I
1965 Natural Science Tripos Pt II Class I
1965-68 Research student, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1968 Ph.D. Department of Organic Chemistry, Cambridge (under A.J. Kirby)
1968-69 Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University (W. P. Jencks)


1969-77 Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
1978-89 Wolfson Research Professor of the Royal Society
1978-88 Professor of Biological Chemistry, London University (Imperial College)
1978-79 Visiting Professor, Stanford University Biochemistry Department
1988-2010 Herchel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University
1988- Professorial/Life Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1988-2010 Director, MRC Unit for Protein Function and Design
1990-2010 Director, MRC Centre for Protein Engineering
2010-2017 Group Leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
2010- Emeritus Staff, Dept of Chemistry, Cambridge University
2012- Master, Gonville and Caius College
2018- Emeritus member MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


1964-65 Exhibition, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1965-68 Dunlop Research Studentship, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1968-72 Junior Research Fellowship, Jesus College, Cambridge
1978-79 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship, IUCC
1996-98 Fogarty International Scholar-in-Residence, NIH, Bethesda
2009 Vallee Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School.


1980 Member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization)
1983 Fellow of the Royal Society
1988 Honorary Foreign Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1989 Member Academia Europaea
1993 Foreign Associate National Academy of Sciences (USA)
2007 Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences
2008 Foreign Member American Philosophical Society
2013 Foreign member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei


1999 Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, University of Uppsala
1999 Doctor honoris causa, Free University of Brussels
2004 Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, Weizmann Institute
2004 Fellowship of Imperial College
2006 Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, Hebrew University
2008 Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, Aarhus University


2002 Honorary Membership Japanese Biochemical Society
2003 Knight Bachelor (for contributions to protein science)
2006 Honorary Professor Sichuan University
2006 Honorary Fellow Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre
2008 Honorary Professor Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
2010 Honorary Professor Qingdao University
2010 Honorary Membership British Biophysical Society


1991 Gabor Medal (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)
1998 Davy Medal (Chemistry)
2008 Royal Medal (Physical sciences)


1980 FEBS Anniversary Prize.
1986 Novo Biotechnology Award (The 2nd triennial)
1986 Charmian Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (for Enzyme Chemistry)
1992 Max Tishler Lecture and Prize, Harvard (Chemistry)
1993 Datta Lecture and Medal, FEBS, Stockholm 1993
1993 Jubilee Lecture and the Harden Medal of the Biochemical Society
1996 Feldberg Foundation Prize
1997 Distinguished Service Award, Miami Nature Biotechnology Winter  Symposium
1999 Anfinsen Award of the Protein Society
1999 Laureate of the "Chaire Bruylants", Louvain
1999 Natural Products Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2001 Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society
2005 Bader Award of the American Chemical Society (for Bio-organic Chemistry)
2005 Linderstrøm-Lang Prize and Medal (Denmark)
2008 Bijvoet Medal, Utrecht University
2008 G.N. Lewis Medal, Berkeley
2009 Wilhelm Exner Medal (Austria)


1984 Smith, Kline and French Lecture, Berkeley
1984 Drummond Lecture, Queen Mary College
1984 Edsall Lecture, Harvard
1986 B.R. Baker Memorial Lecture, UC Santa Barbara
1986 Distinguished Lecture, Rutgers
1986 Frank Mathers Lecture, University of Indiana
1987 Cornell Biotechnology Program Lecturer
1988/89 FEBS Ferdinand Springer Lecture
1989 Burton Lecture, Kings College, London
1990 Calvin Lecture, Berkeley
1990 Walker Memorial Lecture, Edinburgh
1991 Foster Memorial Lecture, Purdue
1993 E. Gordon Young Memorial Lecture, Chemical Institute of Canada
1994 Arne Brändström Lecture, Chalmers University, Gothenburg
1994 Leo H. Sternbach Lecture, Yale University
1994 Sunner Memorial Lecture, Lund University
1995 Heatley Lecturer, Oxford University
1995 Chan Lecture, Berkeley
1995 Rudin Lecture, Columbia, NY
1995 August Wilhelm von Hofmann Lectures, German Chemical Society
1996 Norris Lecture, University of Birmingham
1996 Roger Herriott Lecture, Johns Hopkins University
1996 Fritz Lipmann Lecture, German Biological Chemical Society
1996 Merck Frosst Lecture, Montreal
1997 Honorary Lecture, University of Florida
1997 Honorary Lecture, University of Basel
1997 Wellcome Visiting Professorship in Basic Medical Sciences 1997-98, University of California at San Francisco
1998 Hong Kong Advanced Chemicals Limited (ACL) Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry
1998 Dewey-Kelley International Award Lectureship, University of Nebraska
1998 Kolthoff Lecture, University of Minnesota
1998 Max Gruber Lecture, Groningen
1999 Upper Rhine Lecture
1999 NIH Director’s Lecture
2002 Stauffer Lecture, Stanford
2003 W.H. Stein Lecture, Rockefeller University
2005 Walker Ames Lecture, Seattle University
2005 Albert Neuberger Memorial Lecture, Jerusalem
2006 Robert Robinson Memorial Lecture, Oxford
2006 Drummond Lecture, Queen Mary College
2006 Kendrew Lecture, Weizmann Institute
2007 Henry Kamin Lecture, Duke University
2008 Marion Koshland Lecture, Berkeley
2008 G. N. Lewis Lecture, Berkeley
2009 Sumner Lecture, Cornell
2009 Manchot Professorship, Munich
2011 Sigman Memorial Lecture, UCLA
2011 CSIR (Pretoria) President's Lecture
2012 Verna and Marrs McLean Lecture, Baylor
2013 Sir John Cornforth Lecture, Sussex


Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (USA) (Associate Editor)
Protein Engineering Design and Selection (Co-Founder and Senior Editor)


Essex County Junior Chess Champion, 1961
President of Cambridge University Chess Club, 1964-65
Half-Blue (Chess), 1965
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers (2005)

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