London, Dec 29 (UNI) Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the man who heralded a new era of science by cloning Dolly the sheep, has been awarded a knighthood.
He was given the honour for the crucial services to science, the Independent reported today.
Sir Ian, 63, carried out the cloning work in 1996 but the birth of Dolly was only announced early in 1997 when the work was formally published in the journal Nature.
It was the first time that scientists had been able to clone a healthy offspring from an adult mammal and led to a resurgence of interest in cloning technology and the use of stem cells for regenerative medicine and as laboratory models of human disease.
He is joined on the honours list by Sir Bruce Ponder, a cancer geneticist at the University of Cambridge who pioneered the discovery of genes responsible for tumour formation, and Sir John Bell, the regius professor of medicine at Oxford Universiwho are both awarded knighthoods for services to medicine.
Sir Ian Wilmut (born July 7, 1944) is currently the director of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh University.