The Nobel Prize Winner who Discovered his Sister was Really his Mother

Posted by admin on Dec 12, 2010

The revelation came when Sir Paul Nurse, now 61, applied to the US Department of Homeland Security for a green card which would allow him permanent residence in the US. He was told there was a problem with the short-form version of his birth certificate, which did not contain the names of his parents, so he applied for a fuller version.

‘When it arrived my secretary asked me if I’d made a mistake with my mother’s name. I said, “Of course not.” She handed it to me and for the next few seconds I was totally dumbstruck. ‘I saw that next to the word “mother” was my sister Miriam’s name, and next to “father” was just a dash. I didn’t believe it at first: I assumed it was a bureaucratic mix-up.’

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