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A family of biologists


Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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Most of my childhood I was sent to school in, or near, Reading, at a Quaker school, called Leighton Park School. And you were a boarder there? I was a boarder there. And, so through the war I used to travel back and- to and from- to and fro between Reading and- and Scotland. So how was it in school? Were these good days? Yes, I think so, on the whole. I mean, what do the boys think about schools generally. There were very bad moments and there are very good moments. I- I found people greatly to admire. I think my school hero was Karel Reisz who became a not undistinguished filmmaker and subsequently- and was a refugee from Czechoslovakia. But there were a lot of other- There were very good people. People- Quaker families- whom I much admired. I've kept sort of distantly in touch with, but not closely.

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: 1 minute, 19 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008