22 April 2004

Dr Richard Roberts opens new Chemistry wing

Nobel Laureate returns to Sheffield

Dr Roberts with Helen Scarlett

Sheffield Chemistry graduate and Nobel Prize-winner, Dr Richard Roberts revisited the University in April as a guest of honour to open the Chemistry Department's new wing. The new wing of the Dainton Building is a striking landmark on campus and will be the home of future generations of students following in Dr Roberts' footsteps.

Dr Roberts won his Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 1993, for his discovery of 'split genes', a development in genetics that has profoundly affected our understanding of the evolution of complex organisms.

Dr Roberts travelled to Sheffield from his home in the United States to attend a prestigious international conference on Nucleic Acids, held at Tapton Hall of Residence. Dr Roberts said that the high profile of this conference was a reflection of Sheffield's standing in this area of research.

During his visit Dr Roberts made time to meet Miles Stevenson and Helen Scarlett from the Development and Alumni Relations team. He is very supportive of the University's ambitions to involve alumni more in the future development of Sheffield. We are looking forward to working closely with him on projects in America and the UK.

Read more in the University press release.
Link: www.shef.ac.uk/marcoms/eview/articles_13/nobel.html