Public lecture: the great ideas of biology

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, will be speaking at the University of Bath about the great ideas of biology at the Founders Day lecture on 31 March 2011.

There are a number of ‘great ideas’ in biology. Gene theory, the theory of evolution by natural selection and the proposal that the cell is the fundamental unit of all life are three that will be brought together when Sir Paul Nurse looks at the question ‘What is life?’

A fourth idea focuses on the organisation of chemistry within the cell and how this provides explanations for life’s phenomena.

Finally, the talk will look at a new ‘great idea’ – the central role that information management plays in generating biological organisation.

Sir Paul Nurse took over Presidency of the Royal Society in November 2010. His specialisms are in genetics and cell biology, and he is a Nobel Prize winner.

He has worked with organisations including Cancer Research UK, Oxford University, Rockefeller University and is the first Director and Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation.

The event is open to the University community and takes place at 17:30 until 18:45 in East Building Lecture Theatre. It is free to attend but tickets are required. To obtain tickets please contact Gail Gillespie on 01225 383659 or email

The University now proposes to celebrate its past, present and future with a Founders Day lecture each spring.

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