Nobel lunch at Swedish residence
I am so pleased the Nobel lunches at the Swedish residence in London have become a great tradition. I must say that it is quite impressive that since I arrived in the UK five and a half years ago there has – with one exception – been one or several British Nobel prize winners every year. Over the years more than 90 British people have received the Nobel prize and there is no doubt that Britain has got talent.
This year the British-American Professor Angus Deaton won the Nobel prize in Economics. Professor Deaton won the award for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.
I was also very pleased that we had a Swedish Nobel prize winner with us this year. Professor Tomas Lindahl won this year’s prize in chemistry together with Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information. His work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments.
Lindahl moved to the UK in the 1980s and became director of what is now Cancer Research UK’s Clare Hall Laboratory, a place known for its scientific creativity. There he worked out, step by step, the DNA repair processes in humans.