Sir Ian Wilmut

Sir Ian Wilmut

Sir Ian Wilmut, is the Chair of Reproductive Biology and the Director Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

The former head of the Department of Gene Expression and Development at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland, Wilmut is uniquely qualified both as a pioneer in the science of cloning and as a participant in the public discussions of its possible social and ethical consequences. He is the leader of the team that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996, the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Since Dolly’s birth, he has become something of an international figure as an expert on cloning techniques, and his laboratory continues to play a leading role in the development of methods for the cloning and genetic modification of animals. He was knighted in 2008.

Ian Wilmut’s work has been recognised by many awards and honorary degrees. In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the highest Scottish society of learning, and in the previous year was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Other awards include a fellowship in the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize, the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize of the Society for the Study of Fertility, the Sir William Young Award of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, and the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

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