“I want to turn the standard view upside down.”

Nick Lane is a British biochemist and outstanding science communicator, asking the difficult question: what is the origin of life? He is a Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London and a bestselling author of five critically-aclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry, selling over 150,000 copies worldwide and translated into 25 languages. Lane has undoubtably become a household name in the origins of life field. His most recent book Transformer: The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death (2022) explores the elusive chemical logic of life, from genetic information to consciousness.

Amongst other prizes, he was awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Award, the 2016 Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science.  

"Nick Lane hasn't been afraid to challenge us with some tough science" - Maggie Philbin OBE

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