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Oxford: Peter Medawar and skin graft experiments


JBS Haldane: writing popular science
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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His other big thing, besides looking at papers within general genetics and doing his own mathematics, was writing popular science and he did that in semi-popular books- 'Quarters of Evolution' is a semi-popular book. But his- his big thing was writing a column for the Daily Worker. And Jack always said that he learned how to write English- I'm sure he learned most of it while he was a schoolboy at Eton- but after that he learnt how to write succinct English by being edited by William Rust, the Editor of the Daily Worker. What were the subject matters? Science. Always-? It was always popular science with a, wherever possible, a left wing cast.

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: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008