Top international award for British genome champion
Sir John Sulston, former Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre in Cambridge which carried out the United Kingdom contribution to the international Human Genome Project, will receive the Prince Asturia's Award for Scientific and Technical Research.
"I am delighted to accept this prestigious award, but only on behalf of the international Human Genome consortium, which has released the sequence of the human genome fairly and freely for the benefit of all mankind."
Sir John Sulston former Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre
The award means that Sir John will receive five million pesetas (£18,000), a special Joan Miró sculpture, a diploma and insignia. The awards will be presented on 26 October in Oviedo in Spain at a ceremony presided over by HRH the Prince of Asturias.
Sir John's leadership made the Human Genome Project happen and his fighting spirit ensured that this information is freely available for all to use in the cause of improving human health. Sir John has been a torch bearer for the social conscience in science."
Dr Mike Dexter, Director of the Wellcome Trust which funded a third of the international Human Genome Project
"It was vital that our human genome was freely available, which would not have been the case without the efforts of Sir John Sulston, the team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre and the participants in the Human Genome Project. I am delighted that Sir John has been given such a prestigious award and know he will accept it only in recognition of the work of the international team."
Professor Allan Bradley, Sir John's successor as Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre
"All those who believe in freedom of access to genome information will celebrate the award to the participants in the Human Genome Project."