Kirsty Young's castaway is scientist Athene Donald.
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]
Favourite track: The Dies Irae (from Requiem) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: The Lymond Novels by Dorothy Dunnett
Luxury: A bat.
- Barbershop Bonanza.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique' - 1st movement
Soloist: John Lill
- Beethoven: Piano Sonatas.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem in D minor - Dies Irae
Choir: Members of the Choir & Les Arts Florissants Conductor: William Christie
- Mozart Requiem.
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Claudio Abbado
- Hindemith: Mathis der Maler. Violin Concerto.
String Quartet in D major, Op. 64/5 'The Lark'
Orchestra: Hagen Quartet
- Haydn: String Quartet.
- Deutsche Grammophon.
Oriental March (from Piezas sobre cantos populares españoles)
Soloist: Alicia de Larrocha
- Granados: Goyescas.
- EMI Classics.
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden' - 2nd movement
Orchestra: The Juilliard String Quartet
- Schubert: String Quartets Nos 12-15.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Dirge for two veterans (from Dona nobis pacem)
Soloist: Yvonne Kenny & Bryn Terfel Orchestra: the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra Conductor: Richard Hickox
- Vaughan Williams: Sancta Civitas.
The Lymond Novels - Dorothy Dunnett
|Interviewed Guest||Athene Donald|
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