Professor Ian Wilmut, the British scientist who cloned “Dolly” the sheep, will deliver the 28th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture.
Professor Wilmut, who is Head of the Department of Gene Expression and Development at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, will speak on the topic “Cloning in Biology and Medicine.”
The lecture takes place on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 8 p.m. at the Frank Collymore Hall.
In announcing Professor Wilmut as this year’s lecturer, Governor Dr. Marion Williams indicated that the professor’s study of embryonic development and the nuclear transfer process used to clone animals has revolutionised modern science. According to her, Professor Wilmut’s pioneering work in the science of cloning could result in treatment for degenerative disorders such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease and could be useful in biology, medicine and agriculture. “The Bank is most pleased that the professor will be able to share some of his revolutionary research, much of which can be of immense benefit to Barbadians and to the world,” the Governor further stated.
Professor Wilmut obtained a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science at the University of Nottingham before studying at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a PH.D. in 1971. His subsequent Research at Cambridge led to the birth of the first calf from a frozen embryo - “Frosty”- in 1973. Besides heading a department at the Roslin Institute, he serves as scientific advisor to Geron Bio-Med, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geron Corp of Menlo Park, California.
The professor has written extensively on the subject of cloning, including articles for the Time, New Scientist and Scientific American journals. In 2000, with coauthors Colin Tudge and Keith Campbell, he published the Second Creation: Dolly and the Age of Biological Control. This publication describes the research leading to the birth of “Dolly”, the first animal to develop after nuclear transfer from an adult cell. The very provocative work also presents initial impressions of the value of cloning techniques.
The Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture was started in 1976 to commemorate the outstanding public service contribution of the late Sir Winston Scott, Barbados’ first native Governor General, and to celebrate the country’s Independence.