Dr Frederick Sanger died this week, at the age of 95 [1, 2]. Dr Sanger was one of the founding fathers of the genomics revolution that we are still experiencing today, and the only scientist, to date, to win two Nobel Prizes for Chemistry.
His first prize was awarded in 1958 for the structural determination of proteins and the specific structural elucidation of insulin . His second, with Walter Gilbert and Paul Berg, came in 1980 for his work on DNA sequencing, and the Sanger Sequencing technique bears his name to this day .
It is almost unimaginable to think of a time when cheap, fast DNA sequencing wasn’t a routine tool at the disposal of researchers in both academia and industry. Dr Sanger’s contributions – not only to science, but also the knock-on effects to healthcare and improved standards of living – have been immense. He died on Tuesday, 19th November and is survived by his daughter and two sons.