Tim Berners-Lee makes Times top science list

Biochemist Sir Paul Nurse has been named by The Times as the most important person in British Science today.

Sir Paul, a Nobel Prize winner who discovered genes that control cell division, topped the Eureka 100: The Science List, which details the 100 most important contemporary figures in British science.

Others joining him in the top ten include Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough.

A few names from the tech world also make it into the list, albeit a bit further down. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, gets a mention at number 52.

Other luminaries in the world of science include TV personality and solar system expert Professor Brian Cox at number 24 and, erm, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal at number 73. Even Prince Charles gets a mention – HRH manages to squeeze in at number 94.

The list is a bit light on females, especially from the tech world, but Professor Dame Wendy Hall, who helped set up the Web Science Trust and is a professor in computer science at the University of Southampton, is named at number 26.

If you want to see a copy of the full list you’ll have to put your hand in your pocket – The Times don’t like giving owt away for free.