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William A Harris - Waddington Medal lecture 2017
The BSDB is delighted to announce William Harris FRS FMedSci, Head of the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, as the 2017 winner of the Waddington Medal. Bill has been awarded for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of retinal development. Through his passion for science, his leadership and his mentoring of people at all career stages, Bill has made outstanding contributions to Developmental Biology. Working at the interface of Developmental Biology and Neuroscience, he has championed the field within Cambridge, across the UK and throughout the world. His deep interest and scientific enthusiasm have led to major insights in the field of neuronal specification and wiring. For more details of Bill’s career and work, please visit this blog post. The medal talk is available on YouTube, and an interview with Bill will be published in Development in the coming weeks.
The Waddington Medal, the only national award in developmental biology, is awarded for outstanding research performance as well as services to the subject community. The medal is awarded annually at the BSDB Spring Meeting, where the recipient presents the Waddington Medal Lecture. BSDB members are invited to nominate suitable candidates.
Conrad Waddington was a leading British embryologist and geneticist who was highly influential in the development of both subjects during the 1930s through to the 1960s. He stressed the importance of genes and the control of gene activity in embryonic development even before the chemical nature of the gene was discovered. He had started his career as a palaeontologist , and the design on the medal shows an ammonite, a type of animal whose shell structure reveals its entire life history. On the other side is a snake eating its tail, symbolising feedback control, and a Greek inscription meaning “one entity incorporates into itself all other entities of the universe.”
Posted on 28/04/2017
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