Department of Medicine and Surgery, National University of Singapore, Cambridge, UK
Sir Roy Calne was a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery, having performed the first liver transplant operation in Europe (1968) and the world’s first liver, heart, and lung transplant (1987). He was Harkness Fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1960 to 1961 and Professor of Surgery at Cambridge University from 1965 to 1998. His research focused on prevention of organ graft rejection, developing new drugs that have prolonged the lives of thousands of liver transplant recipients. In 1974 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and he was knighted in 1986. Sir Roy was awarded, together with Dr. Thomas Strazl, the prestigious 2012 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.