A COVID vaccine developer, an Arctic voyager and a prime minister are some of the people behind the year’s big research stories.

14 DECEMBER 2020

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.

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Warning the world

  • Verena Mohaupt: Polar patroller

  • Gonzalo Moratorio: Coronavirus hunter

  • Adi Utarini: Mosquito commander

  • Kathrin Jansen: Vaccine leader

  • Zhang Yongzhen: Genome sharer

  • Chanda Prescod-Weinstein: A force in physics

  • Li Lanjuan: Lockdown architect

  • Jacinda Ardern: Crisis leader

  • Anthony Fauci: Science’s defender

Ones to watch in 2021

  • Marion Koopmans

  • Zhang Rongqiao

  • Karen Miga

  • Rochelle Walensky

  • Jane Greaves

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