Frederick Sanger was born on August 13, 1918, in Rendcombe, England as the second son of Frederick Sanger, a medical practitioner and Cicely Crewsdon Sanger. From 1932 to 1936, Frederick attended Bryanston School, where he excelled in biology and chemistry practicals. Later, he attended Bryanston School and St. John's College, Cambridge, earning a B.A. in natural sciences in 1939. Sanger became interested in biochemistry during his graduation and continued at Cambridge for an extra year to pursue an advanced biochemistry degree.