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Beautiful Minds – Tim Hunt

by Kat Arney | Analysis

26 April 2010

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Tim Hunt

Sir Tim Hunt

We’re rightly proud of Sir Tim Hunt – one of our Nobel Prize-winning scientists. There are just a few days left to see this BBC documentary about him and his work.

Here’s the blurb:

“The final part of this series looking at three brilliant contemporary scientists features Sir Tim Hunt, awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the mechanism of how cells divide – a discovery fundamental to the life and growth of every single creature on the planet, as well as a vital clue into the mystery of cancer.

Hunt recalls moments in his life that provided inspiration for his career as a scientist, from his father’s intent scholarship which shaped his early methods to his mother’s battle with cancer and the influence of this on his current position at Cancer Research UK.

In his own words, Hunt recounts the events that informed his discovery, from chance encounters to life-changing conversations and reveals his own opinions on the thought processes, both logical and emotional, that led to his extraordinary discovery.”

[This programme is no longer available on iPlayer, although there is a short clip on the BBC’s website].