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SFS News: N-Prize Founder, Dr. Paul Dear Talks to SFS

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:24 pm
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Post SFS News: N-Prize Founder, Dr. Paul Dear Talks to SFS   Posted on: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:24 pm
I recently got talking to Blair Gordon of Generation Space, he had begun telling me how they had entered into a new space prize called the “N-Prizeâ€

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Post    Posted on: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:37 pm
Looks like Paul is on The Space Show this week!

4. Sunday, March 15, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Dear, founder and creator of the N-prize, returns. Dr. Paul Dear was born in Surrey, England - his mother’s American, and his father (now deceased) was English; he grew up in Hampshire (southern England). He did Natural Sciences (basically a mix of biology, chemistry and math) at Cambridge University, then did a PhD. in molecular biology at Oxford. He now works at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, which is a part of the UK Medical Research Council (a government-funded research organization, roughly equivalent to the NIH in the ‘States). The LMB is the lab where Crick and Watson discovered the DNA double helix, and the lab has about a dozen Nobel prizewinners. He currently leads a research team in genomics (DNA-based research) working on things ranging from cancer to ancient DNA (mammoths). He says “I’ve always been drawn towards physics and engineering, though I don’t have a degree in either. My attitude in general is that complex problems can be solved by a combination of naive optimism and ingenuity, rather than by money and big resources alone. The N-Prize started out as an idea of mine on the Halfbakery (www.halfbakery.com), a website where people bounce around crazy ideas. I posted the N-Prize there, initially as a hypothetical exercise. But, after some arguing back and forth, I figured it might actually be possible, so I put up the prize money and launched the website.

Should be a good listen!

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Post    Posted on: Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:17 am
Yes, encourage people to ring in if you are able too, I'm going to try. should be good listening!



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Post    Posted on: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:40 pm
well done on the show guys
Lots of familiar names!
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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:26 am
Great Job Paul! That was really great. Sorry I studdered but I'm not used to being on the raido :) The show went great good job!

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