Elected: 2012
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Sir Edwin Mellor Southern FRS HonFRSE

CSO, Oxford Gene Technology.

Professor Sir Edwin Southern, a molecular biologist with a PhD from the University of Glasgow, is known for the development of two methods for analysing complex DNA. The ‘Southern Blot’, developed in Edinburgh, led to DNA fingerprinting in forensics and to the first molecular maps of the human genome; the oligonucleotide microarray developed in Oxford is widely used in research and diagnostics. Following his retirement from the Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford in 2005, he became Chief Scientist of Oxford Gene Technology, a company he founded in 1995. In 2000 Edwin founded the charity Kirkhouse Trust which aspires to improve the food security and livelihood of the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa and India. He is also the Founder and Trustee of Edina Trust – a small charity which supports education at primary school level.