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Professor Sir George Porter

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 March 1990

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is scientist Professor Sir George Porter. Currently President of the Royal Society, he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his route from the local school - a tin shack called the Tin Lizzie, in the mining village in which he was born - to Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 1967, and discussing the parlous state of science and science teaching in the 1990s.

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

Favourite track: The Ode To Joy (Symphony No 9) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: Non-Equilibrium Thermo Dynamics by Prigogine
Luxury: Computer, paper and pen

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Andrew Litton

    Andrew Litton Bidin' My Time

    Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, RPO

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

    Soloist: Benno Moieiwitsch Orchestra: The London Philharmonic

    Concerto No 5 In E Flat Major, HMV

  • Image for The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

    The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Trafalgar

    The Band Of Her Mjaesty's Royal Marines, Philips

  • Favourite Track

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' - Ode to Joy

      Choir: The Vienna Singers Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

      Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Gilbert & Sullivan

    Gilbert & Sullivan Dance a cachucha, fandango, bolero (from The Gondoliers)

    Artist: The D'Oyly Carte Opera

    Gilbert & Sullivan: Gondoliers, London

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Parigi, O cara (from La traviata)

    Soloist: Renata Tebaldi, Gianni Poggi Orchestra: The Orchestra Of St. Cecilia, Rome

    Verdi: La Traviata, Eclipse

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev The Fight (Act 1) (from Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Romeo & Juliet: Prokofiev, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture (finale)

    Choir: Chicago Symphony Chorus

    Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Professor Sir George Porter

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