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Dr. Oliver Smithies, in memoriam

Carolina’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize passes away.

In 2007, Oliver Smithies became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize. He received the honor for his development of a technique that makes it possible to introduce targeted genetic modifications to cells.

But to the campus community he was more than a Nobel laureate — he was a Carolina staple.