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Athene Donald

Athene Donald

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First broadcast: Sun 22 Mar 2009

Physicist

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the scientist Athene Donald. A Cambridge professor and fellow of the Royal Society, she has dedicated much of her life to studying everyday objects like plastic, food or plants. Her enthusiasm is so strong that, at her daughter's eleventh birthday party, she couldn't resist describing the structure of melting ice-cream - it was a rare case of misjudging her audience.

By her own admission she is a workaholic - but she also champions the cause of women who want to become scientists and have families too. Her great triumph was to marry a supportive husband and after that, she says, the trick is learning how to cut corners: there are no 'dainty dinner parties' at her home, and she makes sure her clothes are machine washable and easy-iron.

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

Choices

Shades

1.

Shades

Blue Skies

Performer: Shades

Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique' - 1st movement

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

3.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem in D minor - Dies Irae

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Paul Hindemith

4.

Paul Hindemith

Symphonic Metamorphoses

Composer: Paul Hindemith

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Joseph Haydn

5.

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in D major, Op. 64/5 'The Lark'

Composer: Joseph Haydn

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Enrique Granados

6.

Enrique Granados

Oriental March (from Piezas sobre cantos populares españoles)

Composer: Enrique Granados

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Franz Schubert

7.

Franz Schubert

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden' - 2nd movement

Composer: Franz Schubert

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

8.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dirge for two veterans (from Dona nobis pacem)

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Book

The Lymond Novels by Dorothy Dunnett

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