Sydney Brenner

Curriculum Vitae

Sydney Brenner, born January 13, 1927, South Africa. Nationality: British
Address: The Molecular Sciences Institute, 2168 Shattuck Avenue, 2nd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Academic Education and Appointments
1947 MSc University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
1951 MB, BCh, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
1954 DPhil, Oxford University, UK
1979-86 Director, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
1986-91 Director, Medical Research Council Molecular Genetics Unit, Cambridge, England
1996- President and Director of Science, The Molecular Sciences Institute, La Jolla and Berkeley
2000- Distinguished Research Professor, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, USA
Selected Honours and Awards
1965 Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1971 Albert Lasker Medical Research Award
1974 Royal Medal, Royal Society of London
1976 Honorary DSc, University of Chicago
1978 Gairdner Foundation International Award, Canada
1980 Krebs Medal, Federation of European Biochemical Societies
1981 Ciba Medal, Biochemical Society
1985 Foreign Member of Real Academia de Ciencias, Spain
1986 Rosenstiel Award, Brandeis University, USA
1987 Prix Louis Jeantet de Medecine, Switzerland
1987 Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
1988 Waterford Bio-Medical Science Award, The Research Institute of Scripps Clinic
1988 External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck Society
1989 Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences
1989 Honorary Member of the Chinese Society of Genetics, Taiwan
1990 Kyoto Prize
1991 Gairdner Foundation International Award, Canada
1992 King Faisal International Prize for Science, King Faisal Foundation
1992 Associe Etranger, Académie des Sciences, Paris, France
2000 Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science
2001 Novartis Drew Award In Biomedical Research

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

Sydney Brenner died on 5 April 2019.

To cite this section
MLA style: Sydney Brenner – Curriculum Vitae. Nobel Prize Outreach AB 2023. Sun. 10 Dec 2023. <>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Streams during Nobel Week

Watch the 2023 Nobel Prize lectures, the Nobel Prize Concert, Nobel Week Dialogue, the prize award ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm and Nobel Peace Prize Forum here at
Watch lectures and award ceremonies

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.