I believe that we have been doing this not primarily to achieve riches or even honour, but rather because we were interested in the work, enjoyed doing it and felt very strongly that it was worthwhile.

— Frederick Sanger

 

Scientific research is one of the most exciting and rewarding of occupations.

— Frederick Sanger

 

It is like a voyage of discovery into unknown lands, seeking not for new territory but for new knowledge. It should appeal to those with a good sense of adventure.

— Frederick Sanger

 

Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in.

— Frederick Sanger

 

And indeed this theme has been at the centre of all my research since 1943, both because of its intrinsic fascination and my conviction that a knowledge of sequences could contribute much to our understanding of living matter.

— Frederick Sanger

It was Neuberger who first taught me how to do research, both technically and as a way of life, and I owe much to him.

— Frederick Sanger

 

Until 1943 I received no stipend. I was able to support myself as my mother was the daughter of a relatively wealthy cotton manufacturer.

— Frederick Sanger

 

In this atmosphere, I soon became interested in nucleic acids.

— Frederick Sanger

 

I was married to Margaret Joan Howe in 1940. Although not a scientist herself she has contributed more to my work than anyone else by providing a peaceful and happy home.

— Frederick Sanger

 

A DNA sequence for the genome of bacteriophage ΦX174 of approximately 5,375 nucleotides has been determined using the rapid and simple “plus and minus” method. The sequence identifies many of the features responsible for the production of the proteins of the nine known genes of the organism, including initiation and termination sites for the proteins and RNAs. Two pairs of genes are coded by the same region of DNA using different reading frames.

— Frederick Sanger

 

I decided to study science and, on arrival at Cambridge, became extremely excited and interested in biochemistry when I first heard about it…. It seemed to me that there was a way to really understand living matter and to develop a more scientific basis to many medical problems.

— Frederick Sanger

 

Influenced by him, and probably even more so by my brother Theodore a year older than me, I soon became interested in biology and developed a respect for the importance of science and the scientific method.

— Frederick Sanger

 

When I was young my Father used to tell me that the two most worthwhile pursuits in life were the pursuit of truth and of beauty and I believe that Alfred Nobel must have felt much the same when he gave these prizes for literature and the sciences.

— Frederick Sanger

 

Science is not like the Olympic Games or something where there’s a lot of people all trying to win gold medals, and if you don’t get a gold medal, you’re nothing. There are actually a lot of people working together and contributing to the science – and the science is the important thing.

— Frederick Sanger

 

After taking my B.A. degree in 1939 I remained at the University for a further year to take an advanced course in Biochemistry and surprised myself and my teachers by obtaining a first-class examination result.

— Frederick Sanger

 

British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry,

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