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Switching to cell biology


A tale of two cities
Lewis Wolpert Scientist
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On the way to... to London from Israel, I spent a month or two... well, about six weeks in France, in Paris. I thought that would be nice and I was learning some French and I really enjoyed it. And on the 14th of July I went out — you know, that’s the great celebration day — and as I came around the corner I bumped into a lady and we embraced, and we had an affair for three weeks, which was absolutely lovely, it was magical. And also while I was in Paris, I’d sort of made friends with a... a young woman, a very attractive young woman, who told me about Soho in London. And when I came to London then... and I could behave then as I wanted to, because nobody knew me, I spent quite a lot of time in Soho and then I met a... a friend there who I... who I pursued and I’m still very friendly with, and... it was quite a complicated time, and Oliver Bernard, the older brother of Jeffrey Bernard, wrote in his autobiography: ‘I shared Rosalind with a young biologist, Lewis’. It was a good time.

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: Paris, France, 14th July, Soho, London, Oliver Bernard, Jeffrey Bernard

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2010

Date story went live: 14 June 2010