Elected: 1989
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Noreen Elizabeth Murray CBE FRS FRSE
Noreen Murray was recognised internationally as being one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly respected molecular geneticists.

In the early 1970s, together with her husband Ken and colleague Bill Brammar, she led the development of recombinant DNA technology, or genetic engineering, as it is commonly called. This was a seismic event, ultimately affecting all areas of biology and making possible much of modern biotechnology. Their pioneering work put the UK at the head of this revolution in research, and the technology and tools that they developed have had lasting impact.

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