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1Name:  Sir John Skehel
 Institution:  The Francis Crick Institute; Royal Society; National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)
 Year Elected:  2020
 Class:  2. Biological Sciences
 Subdivision:  209. Neurobiology
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1941
John Skehel I graduated BSc at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1962, and PhD in biochemistry at Manchester University in 1966. I began research on viruses in Aberdeen University, and at Duke University, North Carolina, and in 1969 I returned to the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London where I have spent all my research career. I work mainly on influenza viruses, how they infect cells, how they frequently change, and how we protect ourselves against them. Between 1975 and 1994 I was Director of the WHO International Centre for reference and research on influenza viruses at Mill Hill. From 1987 until 2006, I was Director of the Institute and Head of Infections and Immunity, positions that allowed me to enjoy and support the Institute’s unique research environment. This was a great privilege and I was fortunate to be able to continue my research in the Division of Virology. Currently I am in the same laboratory at the newly formed Francis Crick Institute. I am a Fellow of the University of Wales, of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Member of the Academia Europaea, and an International Member of the American Philosophical Society and National Academy of Sciences of the USA. I was knighted in 1996.
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