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Getting into New College, Oxford


JBS Haldane
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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I'm not sure that we- that my parents did see a lot of him. He was a Professor in University College at the time, and I actually don't recall really meeting him or seeing much of him until- probably until I left school. But I do remember, as a Sixth Former, writing to him and saying, what shall I do to make a life in biology. And, he said- he wrote a very nice letter back saying, well for the time being you better get on with your school work. And that I did. But I was already beginning to look at his books- some of his books. And, of course, his children's stories were very much appreciated in the family, 'My Friend Mr Leaky' and others.

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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Duration: 59 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008