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I had also a very good physics teacher in high school, who encouraged my interest in physics. So all around in science I had some innate fascination with scientific things. It's, of course, not possible to explain in detail, even to myself, why that interest occurred, but it did. And went on to university after doing quite well in high school – I think I had... at that time the grades system was such that the highest grade was an E, standing for excellent – and I think virtually all of my marks were with an E.

Leonard Hayflick (b. 1928), the recipient of several research prizes and awards, including the 1991 Sandoz Prize for Gerontological Research, is known for his research in cell biology, virus vaccine development, and mycoplasmology. He also has studied the ageing process for more than thirty years. Hayflick is known for discovering that human cells divide for a limited number of times in vitro (refuting the contention by Alexis Carrel that normal body cells are immortal), which is known as the Hayflick limit, as well as developing the first normal human diploid cell strains for studies on human ageing and for research use throughout the world. He also made the first oral polio vaccine produced in a continuously propogated cell strain - work which contributed to significant virus vaccine development.

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: physics, teacher, science, high school, university, fascination

Duration: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012