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Richard Gregory

Richard Gregory

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First broadcast: Sun 04 Apr 1993

Founder of Bristol Exploratory, Scientist, Psychologist

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Professor Richard Gregory. He is a scientist who comes from a long line of academics - his father was an astronomer who recruited him at an early age to help build a homemade aeroplane, the 'flying flea', but luckily the project was abandoned before its fatal design fault was discovered. Professor Gregory has gone on since then to invent robots, hearing aids, special telescopes for astronauts, and to set up his famous foundation - the Exploratory in Bristol - which is visited by thousands of people every year.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his passion for investigation and invention and about his mission to lift the fog of ignorance which surrounds so many people when it comes to scientific matters.

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

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Soloist: Alfred Brendel

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Arthur Drummond Bliss

3.

Arthur Drummond Bliss

Things to Come

Conductor: Muir Mathieson Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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Johann Sebastian Bach

4.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major

Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields and Choir Conductor: Gordon Kremer

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Paul Dukas

5.

Paul Dukas

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: James Levine

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Peter Shephard

6.

Peter Shephard

Shephard Tone

William Shakespeare

7.

William Shakespeare

When that I was and a little tiny boy (from Twelfth Night)

Artist: Alfred Dellar

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Là ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Soloist: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov Orchestra: The New Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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9.

10.

Book

An astronomy book by Patrick Moore

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Luxury item

Astronomical telescope

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