Svante Pääbo is a Swedish biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2022.

He won this prize for “his discoveries on the genome of extinct hominins and human evolution”.

Pääbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden and he is 65 years old.

Currennly he heads the genetics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Germany). 

His work to rescue DNA from human fossils has been essential to discovering the genome of known extinct species, such as the Neanderthals.

Which reveals the existence of new ones, such as the Denisovans,

and confirming that Homo sapiens had intercourse and reproduce with these other species long ago.

Pääbo's "transcendental" work "has given rise to a new scientific discipline: paleogenomics", the jury highlighted.