Sir John Wilson

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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a man who has devoted his life to helping those who share his own disability - blindness. Sir John Wilson lost his sight at the age of 12 in an accident in his school chemistry laboratory. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how, undaunted, he went on to win a scholarship to Oxford, and then, at the age of 30, mortgaged his home and set up the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. Since then, he has travelled an average of 50,000 miles a year, helping to restore or save the sight of millions of people the world over. Last year he was awarded the Albert Schweizer International Award for Medicine.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Mass in B Minor: The Sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: A chess strategy book (in braille)
Luxury: A sonic probe

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40 minutes

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Fri 18 Aug 1995 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestSir John Wilson

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