Lewis Wolpert

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Lewis Wolpert
Lewis Wolpert on After Dark on 30 May 1994 (cropped).jpg
Wolpert in May 1994
Born(1929-10-19)19 October 1929
Died28 January 2021(2021-01-28) (aged 91)
London, England
EducationBSc, PhD
Alma materUniversity of Witwatersrand
Imperial College London
King's College London
Known forpositional-value concept in biological development
ChildrenDaniel Mark Wolpert
AwardsHamburger prize for education – American Soc.Dev.Biol.
Michael Faraday Prize (2000)
Royal Medal (2018)
Scientific career
Doctoral studentsJim Smith[1][2]

Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci (19 October 1929 – 28 January 2021) was a South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster. Wolpert was known for his work on the intracellular positional information that guides cellular development.

Wolpert died at a hospital in London on 28 January 2021 from COVID-19, aged 91.[3]

Publications[change | change source]

  • Wolpert, Lewis; Richards, Alison (1988). A Passion for Science. Oxford, U.K: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-854213-5.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (1991). The Triumph of the Embryo. Oxford, UK & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-854243-7.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (1994). The Unnatural Nature of Science. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-92980-2. Retrieved 14 November 2010. Paperback ISBN 978-0-674-92981-4 First published 1992 by Faber & Faber, London.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (1999). Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-684-87058-4. Retrieved 14 November 2010  Free registration facilitates access to introduction & chapter 1. Alternatively, type the title into Google within quotations "like this", and the webpage comes up (how found in the first instance)CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  • Wolpert, Lewis; Tickle, Cheryll (2011). Principles of development. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-955428-7.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (2006). Six impossible things before breakfast, The evolutionary origins of belief. W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-06449-2.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (2009). How We Live and Why We Die: The secret lives of cells, Norton. Faber & Faber. ISBN 0571239129.
  • Wolpert, Lewis (2011). You're Looking Very Well: The Surprising Nature of Getting Old. Faber & Faber. ISBN 0571250653.

References[change | change source]

  1. Weston, K. (2010). "The accidental biologist: an interview with Jim Smith". Disease Models & Mechanisms. 3 (1–2): 11–14. doi:10.1242/dmm.004952. PMID 20075376.
  2. Smith, James Cuthbert (1979). Studies of positional signalling along the antero - posterior axis of the developing chick limb (PhD thesis). University College London (University of London). OCLC 500567020.
  3. Humanists UK mourns Professor Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS (1929-2021)