Craig Venter will receive this year’s Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He will present the plenary talk at Science 2011, Pitt’s annual celebration of science and technology.
Venter is most famous for his role in the sequencing of the human genome (including his own, it turned out) and his institute’s creation of the first synthetic bacterial cell (and possibly the weirdest literary reference ever).
Winning the Dickson Prize is a good omen for winning the Nobel Prize, with 11 of the 30-odd winners having gone on to win the Swedish medal.
The lecture will be presented at 11am, Thursday 6 October at Alumni Hall at the University of Pittsburgh.