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A tale of two cities


Wild times in Soho
Lewis Wolpert Scientist
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And then, because the man that I’d left behind — Jerry Jennings — who was so keen on me in South Africa, he had arranged that I should get a scholarship at Imperial College in London to study more soil mechanics. And I arrived in London in 1954 and went and studied soil mechanics at Imperial College and it of course was bliss coming to London because nobody knew me. In South Africa I had to behave in a reasonable way because so many people knew my family. In London nobody knew me and I could behave as I wanted to and I had quite a wild time in Soho in the '50s. I’ve even got friends still from those days, it was very exciting.

Lewis Wolpert (1929-2021) CBE FRS FRSL was 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 was 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 wrote 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: Soho, London, Imperial College, London, Jerry Jennings

Duration: 45 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2010

Date story went live: 14 June 2010