I’ve just read an article in the UK Daily Mail Online about Professor Sir Paul Nurse who found out that his sister was really his mother. It’s a story similar to one that many genealogists come across during the course of their research.  When one sets out on a journey into the past it can become fascinating and the story of Sir Paul’s genealogy is as fascinating as his life’s work in the field of genetics.

The article states that Sir Paul’s openness is partly deliberate because of his belief that scientists have a responsibility to communicate with the public in an understandable way, but a more important truth is the fact that the stigma attached to illegitimacy no longer exists and that his mother’s situation would never happen in this day and age—“…because I feel I owe it to her to remove the shame she was made to feel and put things right for her.’ And, the writer of this blog couldn’t agree more.

Sir Paul isn’t angry over the deception of his true identity but is sad for his mother. People in their own unique situation usually realize in hindsight that the clues were always there. The truth was often covered up by loving families to protect the innocent.

Because the article is so interesting I will refrain from continued summary and personal comments. Please click on the link to read  and enjoy the complete article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1337908/Revealed-The-Nobel-Prize-winner-discovered-sister-really-mother.html

2 Comments on Genealogy: Professor Sir Paul Nurse the Nobel Prize winner who discovered his sister was really his mother

  1. John F. says:

    It’s good that you’ve shone the spotlight on this story. As you say I’m sure there are many people can understand the situation. The good professor has more than helped his cause by sharing his own genealogy.

  2. Margie C. says:

    I agree this is a heartwarming story. I’m sure his mother would be proud of him.

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