Richard J. Roberts


“I like to see things that have never been seen before”

Here, Richard Roberts is interviewed about everything from his love of discovery to his biggest influences – and reveals a determined, curiosity-driven character. The subject of ageing also came up, which is rather fitting since Roberts will join the Nobel Prize Dialogue Seoul to discuss ‘The Age to Come’ in conversation with Nobel Laureates and a host of experts on 30 October 2017.

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Interview, July 2007

Interview with the 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Richard Roberts, at the meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 2007. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

Richard Roberts reveals his most influential mentor, how research success altered his initial course to being an industrial chemist (8:40), his job offer from James Watson (11:15), the dogma-shattering discovery of split genes (18:21) and why he decided to move into industry (35:50).

Interview, June 2000

Interview with Professors Richard Roberts and Hamilton Smith by Professors Sture Forsén and Nils Ringertz at the meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2000.

Professors Hamilton and Roberts talk about the announcement of the Human Genome Project;
the number of genes in the human genome (5:24); ‘Proteomics’ (7:16); and biomedical benefits and consequences following the HGP (17:53).

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