Stanley N Cohen was born in 1935 in the United States. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Professor of Genetics and of Medicine, and Principal Investigator of Stanley N Cohen Lab at Stanford University.

Herbert W Boyer was born in 1936 in the United States. He received his master degree and doctorate in bacteriology in 1960 and 1963 respectively from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Yuet-Wai Kan was born in 1936 in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong Medical School in 1958 and received a DSc from the University of Hong Kong in 1980. In 1972, he moved to the University of California at San Francisco and he is currently Louis K. Diamond Professor of the University of California, San Francisco.

Richard Doll (1912 - 2005) was born in United Kingdom. He qualified in medicine at St Thomas Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1937. He worked in the Medical Research Council's Statistical Research Unit from 1948 and was Regius Professor of Medicine in Oxford from 1969 to 1979. He is currently an honorary member of the Clinical Trials Service Unit and the Epidemiological Studies Unit. On 24 July 2005, Sir Richard passed away in Oxford, UK.

27 May 2004, Hong Kong