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I was accepted as a student and I learnt to my chagrin that most of my classmates... If I remember correctly I think I was the only Philadelphia High School student to be accepted at that time, because there was an enormous influx of war veterans who had had returned from the war, January 1946, and had now enrolled in university, so that my fellow students were many years older than me. I was, I think, 17 or maybe 18, and these fellows and women were in their mid to late 20s, which at that age is an enormous difference, many were former bomber pilots, bombardiers, lieutenant generals, etc., etc., and this was very disturbing for me, it was... I felt very uncomfortable competing with these people.

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: World War II

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012