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Professor wins Copley Medal for DNA fingerprinting

Professor wins Copley Medal for DNA fingerprinting - 7 August 2014. Copyright: iStock

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys KBE FRS has been awarded the Copley Medal, believed to be the world's oldest scientific prize, by the Royal Society.

Professor Jeffreys was awarded the medal for his pioneering work on variation and mutation in the human genome. He discovered and developed a way of showing the variation between individuals' DNA, which became known as genetic fingerprinting, and is now a common method in forensic science.

Professor Jeffreys has received several BBSRC grants over the years and BBSRC would like to congratulate him on the award.

The Copley medal was first awarded by the Royal Society in 1731, 170 years before the first Nobel Prize. It is awarded for outstanding achievements in scientific research and has been awarded to eminent scientists such as Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.