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My mother: Naomi Mitchison


How my father made me independent
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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He gave me an interest in the family financial company, providing me with an income of about £400 a year, which in those days was quite enough to live on and made me financially independent. He did that, I don't quite remember when, but I should think probably when I was about 17 or 18. And I realised it was a jolly decent thing to do, and I wish I'd been in a position to do the same for my children.

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.

Listeners: Martin Raff

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: 35 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008