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Professor Sir George Porter

Professor Sir George Porter

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 11 Mar 1990

President of the Royal Society, Nobel Prize winner

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]

Choices

Andrew Litton

1.

Andrew Litton

Bidin' My Time

Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

Soloist: Benno Moieiwitsch Orchestra: The London Philharmonic

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Choir: The Vienna Singers Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Gilbert & Sullivan

5.

Gilbert & Sullivan

Dance a cachucha, fandango, bolero (from The Gondoliers)

Artist: The D'Oyly Carte Opera

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Giuseppe Verdi

6.

Giuseppe Verdi

Parigi, O cara (from La traviata)

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

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

7.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

The Fight (Act 1) (from Romeo and Juliet)

Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Johannes Brahms

8.

Johannes Brahms

Academic Festival Overture (finale)

Choir: Chicago Symphony Chorus

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Book

Non-Equilibrium Thermo Dynamics by Prigogine

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Luxury item

Computer, paper and pen

Others who chose a similar luxury

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