Royal Society Professor of Physiology at Oxford, Frances Ashcroft was one of five women to be made Laureates in the Unesco Science Awards for Women. Her work with insulin has transformed the lives of children suffering from diabetes. Collins published her successful Life at the Extremes, a study of what the human body can endure, from extremes of heat and height to depth and darkness. Penguin Press UK and Norton US published The Spark of Life – a book on electricity in the body which won the 2013 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. She plans a book on Hormones.