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Richard Olding Hynes

Richard Olding Hynes, Kenyan biology researcher, educator. Recipient Gairdner Foundation International award, 1997, E.B. Wilson medal, 2007, Pasarow award, 2008; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1982.


  • Hynes, Richard Olding was born on November 29, 1944 in Nairobi, Kenya. Son of Hugh Bernard Noel and Mary Elizabeth (Hinks) Hynes.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, University Cambridge, England, 1966. Master of Arts, University Cambridge, England, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971.


    • Assistant professor biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1975-1978, associate professor, 1978-1983, professor department biology, since 1983, associate head department biology, 1985-1989, head, 1989-1991, director Center for Cancer Research, 1991-2001, Daniel K. Ludwig professor cancer research, since 1999. Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, since 1988. Governor Wellcome Trust, since 2007.


    • Fibronectins
    • Fibronectins comprise a class of high molecular weight glycoproteins present both in extracellular matrices and in soluble form in body fluids.
    • Author: Fibronectins, 1990. Editor: Tumor Cell Surfaces and Malignancy, 1979. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society London, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: National Academy of Sciences, Institute Medicine National Academy of Sciences (co-chair advisory committee Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research 2006-2010).


    • Married Fleur Marshall, July 29, 1966. Children: Hugh Jonathan, Colin Anthony.
    • father: Hugh Bernard Noel Hynes
    • mother: Mary Elizabeth (Hinks) Hynes
    • spouse: Fleur Marshall
    • children: Hugh Jonathan Hynes
    • Colin Anthony Hynes
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    Born November 29, 1944
    (age 73)
    • 1966
      University Cambridge
    • 1970
      University Cambridge
    • 1971
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1975 - 1978
      Assistant, professor biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1988
      investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
    • 1989 - 1991
      Assistant, professor biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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