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1Name:  Professor Lewis Wolpert
 Institution:  University College, London
 Year Elected:  2002
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1929
Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology of University College London. His research interests are in the mechanisms involved in the development of the embryo. He was originally trained as a civil engineer in South Africa but changed to research in cell biology at King's College London in 1955. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980 and awarded the CBE in 1990. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. For five years he was chairman of the Committee for the Public Understanding of Science. He has presented science on both radio and ATV. His books include Malignant Sadness - The Anatomy of Depression (1999); Principles of Development (1992), of which he is principal author; A Passion for Science and Passionate Minds with Alison Richards (interviews with scientists); and The Unnatural Nature of Science (1992). His most recent book on belief was published in 2006. Dr. Wolpert also writes a column for "Independent", plays lots of tennis and is devoted to his mountain bike.
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