Sir Ernst ChainThe Sir Ernst Chain Lecture is an annual lecture organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

It is named after the Nobel Laureate Sir Ernst Chain, who was Professor of Biochemistry at Imperial. He was a joint-winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1945, alongside Professor Sir Alexander Fleming, who was at St Mary's Hospital, and Sir Howard Florey for the discovery of Penicillin.

Speakers at this lecture are renowned scientists in the field of Life Sciences, and have included a number of Nobel Laureates.

Previous lectures in this series

2021 - Telomeres and telomeres: Basic science to human disease

Dr Carol W. Greider, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009

Sir Ernst Chain Lecture 2021


2020 - Enzymes, evolution and disease: 50 years of bioinformatics

Professor Dame Janet Thornton, FRS, FMedSci, EMBL-EBI


2019 - The electron cryomicroscopy revolution in structural biology

Dr Richard Henderson, CH, FRS, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017


2017 - Key issues in medicine: Resistance to antibiotics and environmental concerns

Professor Ada Yonath, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009