Professor Sir Alec J. Jeffreys FRS

Professor Sir Alec JeffreysProfessor of Genetics, Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor


BA (Oxon), MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), Hon DSc (Open), Hon DSc (St. Andrews), Hon DSc (Strathclyde), Hon DSc (Hull), Hon DSc (Oxon), Hon DSc (Leicester), Hon DSc (Kingston), Hon DSc (Liverpool), Hon DSc (Warwick), Hon DSc (Kings), Hon DSc (Teesside), Hon DLaws (Dundee), Hon DSc (Hudderfield), Hon DSc (Helsinki), FFSC (India), Hon FRCP, FRCPath, FLS, FIBiol, CBiol, FMedSci, FRS, Kt


Prof Jeffreys was born in Oxford and raised in Luton. He studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford and completed his DPhil in the Genetics Laboratory, Oxford. He subsequently spend two years in Amsterdam as an EMBO Research Fellow, then moved to the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester in 1977 where he remained as an active research scientist until his retirement in 2014.

Professor Jeffreys’ work received widespread recognition, including his election to the Royal Society in 1986, a Knighthood for services to genetics in 1994 and conferment of the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Leicester in 1993.

Other awards include the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2004), the Lasker Award (2005) and the Heineken Prize (2006). In 2007 he was voted Morgan Stanley Greatest Briton.

Alec is now enjoying life as a successful philatelist and has published papers on the subject.



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