Professor Sir Paul Nurse on ‘Science as Revolution’

On Friday 2 March, despite heavy snow and yellow weather warnings, we were pleased to welcome two hundred guests to a lecture at Examination Schools by Professor Sir Paul Nurse, to mark the official launch of the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology.

Co-hosted by Oxford’s Centre for Global History, Sir Paul’s lecture explored the revolutionary changes in our understanding of ourselves and the natural world brought about by scientific endeavours. Given the resulting impact on culture and civilisation, and the way new knowledge and technologies transform national boundaries, he argued that science is in fact the most revolutionary activity of humankind.

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Professor Sir Paul Nurse is Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute; Director of Research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and then Director General of the ICRF; Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK; President of Rockefeller University in New York City; and Member of the Council for Science and Technology advising the Prime Minister since 2000.  He has previously been President of the Royal Society; in 2001 he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.