Peter Nigel Tripp Unwin FRS is a British neuroscientist, Emeritus Scientist, and was Joint Head of Neurobiology Division, Laboratory of Molecular Biology from 2003 until 2008. He is currently Professor of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute.
Nigel Unwin was born in New Zealand. He earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He was a scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, from 1968 to 1980. He was Professor of Cell Biology at Stanford University, from 1980 to 1988.
- O'Brien J, Unwin N (2006), "Organization of spines on the dendrites of Purkinje cells" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103:1575-1580
- Unwin N (2005), "Refined structure of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor at 4Å resolution", Journal of Molecular Biology 346:967-989
- Miyazawa A, Fujiyoshi Y, Unwin N (2003), "Structure and gating mechanism of the acetylcholine receptor pore" Nature 423:949-955
Unwin was elected to the Royal Society in 1983. His other honors include the Rosenstiel Award for Basic Medical Research (1991), the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (1996),the Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography (1999), and the Royal Society Croonian Lecture and Medal (2000).