Double Nobel Prize winner from the Cotswolds remembered with special commemoration seat

Double Nobel Prize winner from the Cotswolds remembered with special commemoration seat

A seat has been put up in Syde in memory of Frederick Sanger. Picture by Christopher Fear

Frederick Sanger's sons Peter (left) and Robin. Picture by Christopher Fear

Friends and family of Frederick Sanger attended the special event, including residents of Syde. Picture by Christopher Fear

Friends and family of Frederick Sanger attended the special event, including residents of Syde. Picture by Christopher Fear

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A LATE Nobel Prize winner has been remembered in his Cotswolds hometown, as residents arrange to put a seat in the village.

Frederick Sanger, who used to live in Caudle Green near Cirencester, was one of only two men ever to win two Nobel prizes for chemistry.

As well as living in his uncle’s Woodfield House, the scientist was both baptised and married in Syde Church and had a great love for both villages.

To remember him after his death in November 2013, villagers arranged to put a seat in Syde last month after the idea was raised by local farmer Malcolm Whitaker, who had been in touch with Frederick for many years when he was alive.

At the end of August the people of Syde, members of the Sanger family and other friends came together to remember the famous Nobel Prize winner and dedicate the seat to him.

His 90-year-old sister May Willford also attended as well as Frederick’s two sons Robin and Peter.

"The family was extremely touched that the people of the two villages should remember Fred in such a way," said Di Whitaker, who helped arrange the event with her husband Malcolm. "We welcomed the family and all the other guests and Fred's son Robin thanked Malcolm and the rest of the people in the village for their generous commemoration of his father."

The guests also had a tour of Syde Manor and the gardens before lunch at Woodfield House in Caudle Green.

Frederick Sanger received his first Nobel Prize for finding the chemical code for insulin. He received the second for organising DNA so it could be used in the way it is today.

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7:16pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Robert Jeanes says...

A remarkable man. Rendcomb-born.
He declined a knighthood ...... because ......"A knighthood makes you different, doesn’t it, and I don’t want to be different."
A remarkable man. Rendcomb-born. He declined a knighthood ...... because ......"A knighthood makes you different, doesn’t it, and I don’t want to be different." Robert Jeanes
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