Turkish Nobel laureate Professor Sancar receives award in royal ceremony

The winners in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics each received a diploma and a medal. Sancar, Sweden’s Tomas Lindahl and American Paul Modrich shared the award in chemistry for work mapping how cells repair damaged DNA.

Sancar is a cousin of Mardin deputy Mithat Sancar, who represents the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). After studying medicine in İstanbul, Sancar left Turkey for the United States in 1973. He earned his PhD in the field of molecular biology at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1977 and then worked on a research project at Yale University in the field of DNA repair.