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Oliver Smithies

Oliver Smithies

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007
Nobel co-recipients: Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans

Award: "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells."

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Oliver Smithies is a British-born American biochemist and geneticist who shared the Nobel Prize in 2007 in the field of Physiology or Medicine with Mario R. Capecchi and Sir Martin J. Evans. They shared the prize “for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells”. Professor Smithies was affiliated with the University of North Carolina at the time of the award.

Oliver Smithies was awarded approximately $310,000 for his share in the Nobel Prize. Smithies decided to donate his prize money to his alma mater Balliol College in Oxford, England. He also donated to three places where he spent time researching, including the University of Toronto, The University of Wisconsin, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is reported that he donated equal amounts to the aforementioned Universities.

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Name: Oliver Smithies
Birth: 23 June 1925, Halifax, United Kingdom
Death: 10 January 2017, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Residence: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Award: "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells."
Portion of Cash: 1/3
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