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The 20th Century was a time that saw significant advances in all branches of science. In the 1980s, the BBC decided to preserve a record of some of the great minds behind these remarkable developments and recorded a series of in-depth interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientists in conversation with biologist and broadcaster Lewis Wolpert.

Never before broadcast, this footage was discovered within the BBC Archive and made available in partnership with BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection. It presents a unique record of key figures from the world of science in the recent past.

Nobel Scientists Collection

Professor Ernest Walton.

Professor Ernest Walton

RECORDED c. 1985
43 MINUTES

Working with John Cockcroft to split the atom.

Lord Alexander Todd.

Lord Alexander Todd

RECORDED c. 1985
38 MINUTES

How playing with iron filings led to a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Dr Frederick Sanger.

Dr Frederick Sanger

RECORDED c. 1985
63 MINUTES

An interview with the scientist who helped unlock the genetic code.

Niels Jerne.

Niels Jerne

RECORDED c. 1985
37 MINUTES

Discovering how our immune systems protect us.

Sir Nevill Mott.

Sir Nevill Mott

RECORDED c. 1985
50 MINUTES

Understanding disordered systems.

Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir Andrew Huxley.

Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir Andrew Huxley

RECORDED c. 1985
51 MINUTES

Discovering how nerves transmit messages around the body.

Professor Antony Hewish.

Professor Antony Hewish

RECORDED c. 1985
41 MINUTES

Radio telescopes, pulsars and why stars 'twinkle'.

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