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Philosophy and neurology


Jonathan Miller Theatre director
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I got a scholarship to Cambridge in 1952 and I went up in ‘53, by that time with a view to doing natural sciences with a view to getting what was then called a First MB.  In other words natural science degree to get what was, in fact, the first exam which qualified you to go to a medical school and start doing clinical studies.

But I had a very good time at Cambridge and I enjoyed doing zoology and I also did a…. I of course did anatomy and physiology.  So by that time it was quite clear that I was on my way to becoming a doctor, though I hadn’t got much of an idea about what sort of doctor I was going to be.  That would, I suspect, I thought would turn out as time went on.

Jonathan Miller (1934-2019) was a British theatre and opera director. Initially studying medicine at Cambridge, Sir Jonathan Miller came to prominence with the production of the British comedy revue, Beyond the Fringe. Following on from this success he embarked on a career in the theatre, directing a 1970 West End production of The Merchant of Venice starring Laurence Olivier. He also started directing opera, famously producing a modern, Mafia-themed version of Rigoletto.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Cambridge University, 1952, 1953

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2008

Date story went live: 23 December 2008