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The key qualities that make a good scientist


Lack of new members in the Royal Society
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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[Q] The scientific enterprise is probably a hundred times larger now than it was when you started, but the number of people admitted to, for example, the Royal Society, is not very different.

Yes. I think that's a shame. I have no doubt at all that the room in which we're sitting which happens to be in the Royal Society, that the corridors of the Royal Society are emptier than they should be, far emptier than they should be. The fact that they are so empty makes a disproportionately large number of people pretty unhappy, so I think that- I am strongly in favour of that. I don't think the Royal Society, by the way, is unique, I think that the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in Berlin could well expand. There are too many- it too is too empty.

Avrion Mitchison, the British zoologist, is currently Professor Emeritus at University College London and is best known for his work demonstrating the role of lymphocytes in tumour rejection and for the separate and cooperative roles of T- and B-lymphocytes in this and other processes.

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Martin Raff is a Canadian-born neurologist and research biologist who has made important contributions to immunology and cell development. He has a special interest in apoptosis, the phenomenon of cell death.



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Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010