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Lee Kuan Yew, Derek Chinnery, Eugenie Clark, Mal Peet, Jackie Trent

Matthew Bannister on Singapore's prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Radio 1 controller Derek Chinnery, ichthyologist Eugenie Clark, author Mal Peet and singer-songwriter Jackie Trent.

Matthew Bannister on

The autocratic founder of modern Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew who held power for more than thirty years.

Also Radio 1's first full time Controller Derek Chinnery, who hired Mike Read to present the Breakfast Show.

Ichthyologist Eugenie Clark who devoted her life to the study of sharks - and often went swimming with them.

Mal Peet who wrote award winning novels for young adults including 'Keeper' and 'Tamar.'

And Jackie Trent the pop singer who - with her husband Tony Hatch - wrote hits for artists from Frank Sinatra to Val Doonican.

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28 minutes

Lee Kuan Yew

Last Word spoke to Don Morrison, former editor of Asian edition of Time magazine and to the journalist and blogger Kirsten Han.

Born 16 September 1923; died 23 March 23 2015 aged 91.

Derek Chinnery

Last Word spoke to Former Radio 1 controller Johnny Beerling and to DJ Mike Read.

Born 27 April 1925; died 22 March 2015 aged 89.

Eugenie Clark

Last Word spoke to her friend and colleague Dr Kumar Mahadevan and to marine biologist Helen Scales.

Born 4 May 1922; died 25 February 2015 aged 92.

Mal Peet

Matthew spoke to the writer Meg Rosoff.

Born 5 October 1947; died 2 March 2015 aged 67.

Jackie Trent

Matthew spoke to Radio Stoke DJ Tim Wedgwood who has written a musical about Jackie.

Born 6 September 1940; died 21 March 2015 aged 74.