Nick Lane

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Nicholas James Lane
Born 1967
Residence London
Nationality British
Fields Biochemistry, chemiosmosis
Institutions University College London
Alma mater Imperial College, Royal Free Hospital Medical School
Thesis In vivo studies of ischaemia-reperfusion injury in hypothermically stored rabbit renal autograft (1995)
Known for Science writing
Notable awards Biochemical Society Award (2015)
Spouse Ana Hidalgo-Simon

Nick Lane (born 1967) is a British biochemist and writer. He works as a researcher and lecturer in evolutionary biochemistry at University College London. He has published four books which have won several awards.


Educated at Imperial College, London, he earned his PhD at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in 1995 with a thesis entitled In vivo studies of ischaemia-reperfusion injury in hypothermically stored rabbit renal autograft. He then worked as Medical Writer at Oxford Clinical Communications for a year before joining Medi Cine International a medical multimedia company, also as a writer. In 1999 he became strategic director at what was, by then, Adelphi Medi Cine, a post he held until 2002.[1]

He became an Honorary Researcher at University College London in 1997, has held the post of Honorary Reader since 2006 and was the first Provost's Venture Research Fellow there 2009–2012. Since October 2013 he has been Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL.[1][2] He is the author of popular science books and many articles and is the winner of the 2015 Biochemical Society Award.[3]


His book, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books.[4] He appeared on In Our Time on Radio Four on September 13, 2012, when the topic of discussion was the cell, and again on 15 May 2014, when the topic was photosynthesis.[5]


  • Lane, N. (25 Sep 2003). Oxygen: The molecule that made the world. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198508038.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fuller, Barry; Lane, Nick; Benson, Erica, eds. (10 May 2004). Life in the Frozen State. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0415247009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, Nick (2005). Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192804815.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, Nick (2009). Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. Profile Books. ISBN 978-1861978486.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, Nick (7 January 2010). Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. Profile Books. ISBN 978-1861978189.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, Nick (2015). The Vital Question: Why Is Life The Way It Is?. Profile Books (UK), W. W. Norton (US).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> ISBN 9781781250365 (UK), ISBN 9780393088816 (US)

Selected articles

  • Lane, N. (29 March 2006). "Mitochondrial disease: Powerhouse of disease". Nature.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, N. (25 October 2006). "Cell biology: Power games". Nature.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, N. (19 November 2009). "Biodiversity: On the origin of bar codes". Nature.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, N. (7 August 2010). "Genesis Revisited'". New Scientist.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lane, N. (25 June 2012). "Life: is it inevitable or just a fluke?". New Scientist. Retrieved 1 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lane, Nick. "Nick Lane CV". Retrieved 2 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[self-published source]
  2. "UCL Provost's Venture Prize". University College London. Retrieved 2 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Biochemical Society Award | Biochemistry Society". Biochemical Society. Retrieved 2 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Life Ascending rises to the top". Royal Society. Retrieved 2011-07-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Photosynthesis". BBC. Retrieved 16 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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