Prize winner opens Nobel building

Sir TIm Hunt (left) with the Principal of Barton Peveril College, Jonathan Prest

Sir TIm Hunt (left) with the Principal of Barton Peveril College, Jonathan Prest

Eminent biochemist and Nobel Prize winner, Sir Tim Hunt, has officially opened the new Nobel Building, future home to the Psychology, Maths and Computer Science departments at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh.

The new Nobel building is part of a £4.2 million investment at Barton Peveril, adding 17 new classrooms to the existing facilities on the campus. It has also been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with solar panels to produce electricity when the sun shines and a  system to store water for toilet flushing when it doesn’t…

Sir Tim Hunt outside the Nobel; building, with a copy of the plaque that he unveiled

Sir Tim Hunt outside the Nobel; building, with a copy of the plaque that he unveiled

After unveiling a plaque to formally open the building, Tim Hunt, a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering, gave the 2013 Aspire Science Lecture to an excited audience.

In 1982, Dr Hunt’s research on Sea Urchins led to the discovery of a group of proteins named Cyclins, which control the cell-cycle and thus have significant implications for furthering our understanding of cancer.  In 1990 he became principal scientist at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, which subsequently mutated into Cancer Research UK,  and he jointly received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 with Leland H. Hartwell and Paul M. Nurse . Dr Hunt was Knighted in 2006, the same year that he received the Royal Medal for his discovery.

During his lecture, which addressed students who are following “Gifted and Talented” programmes at Barton Peveril and local secondary schools, Tim Hunt said;

“The most important and interesting things you do [as a scientist] are when you don’t know where you are going. It is then that you make discoveries and discovery is the whole point of science.”

Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Tim Hunt

Sir Tim Hunt

The new Nobel building is expected to help Barton Peveril enhance its existing good reputation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. More than 180 students from Barton Peveril are starting university degrees in STEM subjects this autumn, a fact that College Principal Jonathan Prest was keen to highlight, by saying;

“As a college we are well known for our outstanding reputation in the visual arts, English and performing arts, but I sometimes think we hide our light under a bushel when it comes to science and maths!”

“I am delighted that our £4.2 million building, with its impressive green credentials, now forefronts the excellent teaching which goes on in these subjects.”

“Tim Hunt’s tribute to those who influenced his early education is a timely reminder that whatever the quality of a building, it is what happens within it that will truly inspire the next generation of Nobel Prize winners.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.