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Fortunate to become involved in cell biology at the right time
Lewis Wolpert Scientist
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It was fortunate that I came into cell biology round about 1955-1956. That was just after or just around about the time that the double helix had been discovered. You know that... that Watson and Crick had discovered, you know, how DNA rep... replicated, and it was a time when cell biology was just taking off, and I was very fortunate to go and work in Danielli’s laboratory because that’s where cell biology was doing so well. Danielli was really promoting cell... cell biology at that time, and cell biology hadn’t done particularly well much before that. And, of course, once one began to know much more about proteins and... because what was happening... how proteins were... were coded for, it made an enormous difference, and... my colleagues like Burnstock, Wilfred Stein and Eric Barnard, have all made enormous contributions to cell biology.

Born in South Africa on October 19 1929, Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL is a developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster. He was educated at the University of Witwatersrand (BSc), Imperial College London, and at King's College London (PhD). He is currently Emeritus Professor of Biology as applied to medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London. In addition to his scientific and research publications, he has written about his own experience of clinical depression in Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression (1999).

Listeners: Eleanor Lawrence

Eleanor Lawrence is a freelance science writer and editor, and co-author of Longman Dictionary of Environmental Science.

Tags: 1955, 1956, Wilfred Stein, Geoffrey Burnstock, Eric Barnard, Jim Danielli, James Watson, Francis Crick

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2010

Date story went live: 14 June 2010