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Nobel Prize Award

11 Rhagfyr 2007

Sir Martin Evans, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine at a Royal ceremony in Stockholm.

Sir Martin and his colleagues, Professor Mario Capecci of the University of Utah and Professor Oliver Smithies of the University of North Carolina, with whom he shares the award, were presented with the Nobel Prize Medal, Nobel Prize Diploma and document confirming the Nobel Prize award by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The ceremony, which took place on 10 December, was broadcast live via the Nobel Foundation web site, and can be viewed again at, along with a public lecture given by Sir Martin about the work that led to the award.

Sir Martin was awarded this year’s prize for "a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals."

Described as ‘the father of stem cell research’, Sir Martin was the first scientist to isolate embryonic stem cells which can be adapted for a variety of purposes, including treatment of diseases such as cancer and cystic fibrosis.

The award ceremony was followed by a Royal Banquet which was held at the Stockholm City Hall where Sir Martin and his colleagues dined with their family and friends, alongside other Nobel Laureates and members of the Swedish Royal Family.