Dr Frederick Sanger 1918–2013
We are deeply saddened to report the death of Dr Fred Sanger, OM CH CBE FRS, on Tuesday 19 November at the age of 95. For many years he was Honorary Chair of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Biochemistry, and later FEBS Journal after the change of name in 2005.
Dr Sanger studied Biochemistry as an undergraduate at Cambridge, UK from 1936–1939 and then took his PhD Degree working on the metabolism of lysine under the supervision of Albert Neuberger. He was a member of the Biochemistry Department in the University of Cambridge until 1962, when he became a founding member of the new MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Dr Sanger was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry twice, the only person thus far to achieve this great distinction: once in 1958 for determining the first complete amino acid sequence of a protein (insulin), and again in 1980 for developing the dideoxy method for determining the sequences of nucleotides in DNA.
The portrait is of Dr Sanger in 2007 by the artist Paul Hodgson. Courtesy of the Master and Fellows, St John’s College, Cambridge.
A fuller obituary can be found at: www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/20/frederick-sanger
From: FEBS Journal