Nature’s 10: ten people who helped shape science in 2020
A COVID vaccine developer, an Arctic voyager and a prime minister are some of the people behind the year’s big research stories.
The Nature’s 10 list explores key developments in science this year and some of the people who played important parts in these milestones. Along with their colleagues, these individuals helped to make amazing discoveries and brought attention to crucial issues. Nature’s 10 is not an award or a ranking. The selection is compiled by Nature’s editors to highlight key events in science through the compelling stories of those involved.
Ones to watch in 2021
- Marion Koopmans
Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
This virologist is part of a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Zhang Rongqiao
China National Space Administration
The chief designer of China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission will be working to successfully carry out his nation’s first exploration of the red planet.
- Karen Miga
University of California, Santa Cruz
This biologist co-leads the Telomere-to-Telomore (T2T) consortium that is working to produce the first truly complete sequence of the human genome.
- Rochelle Walensky
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
US President-elect Joe Biden has selected this infectious-disease specialist to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Jane Greaves
Cardiff University, UK
This astronomer will follow up her team’s observation of phosphine in Venus’s atmosphere, a potential sign of life on that planet.