Morecambe professor wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

October 08, 2019

A leading light in medical research who was born in Morecambe has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Sir Peter Ratcliffe was jointly honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for helping to discover how our cells detect and respond to low oxygen levels, known as hypoxia.

Sir Peter was honoured alongside William G Kaelin Jr of Harvard University and Gregg L Semenza of Johns Hopkins University. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Sweden. The three winners will share the cash prize of 9m Swedish kronor (£738,000).

At his laboratory in Oxford, the professor discovered a universal mechanism for detecting and responding to hypoxia that has since been found in all our cells.

Sir Peter, a former pupil of Lancaster Royal Grammar School, is director for the Target Discovery Institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and is a practicing clinician at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is also director of clinical research at Francis Crick Institute, London.