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Dr Dame Sue Ion

Kirsty Young's castaway is the nuclear engineer and scientist Dr Dame Sue Ion, who chooses the eight records that she would take with her to a desert island.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the engineer and nuclear scientist Dr Dame Sue Ion.

The first woman to be awarded the highly prestigious President's Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, she has worked her way to the heart of an industry that remains very contentious.

Her passion for understanding how and why the world works the way it does first began as she tinkered for hours at her parents' kitchen table with a little chemistry set.

Today she goes into schools to encourage more girls to take up engineering and her enthusiasm for the subject has galvanised many to take up the discipline.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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34 minutes

Last on

Fri 11 Mar 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • John Miles


    • Rebel.
    • London.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

    Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • Verdi: Nabucco - Querschnitt.
    • Deutschse Grammophon.
  • Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark

    Wild Theme

    Performer: Mark Knopfler.
    • Local Hero.
    • Phonogram.

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Gloria in Excelcis Deo

      Performer: The English Concert Choir. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • Vivaldi: Gloria.
      • Polydor.
  • Queen

    Radio GaGa

    • The Works.
    • EMI.
  • Elton John

    Your Song

    • Elton John.
    • Mercury.
  • Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    The Way It Is

    • The Way It Is.
    • RCA.
  • Journey

    Who’s Crying Now

    • Escape.
    • CBS.

    A box set of Wainwright Walks in the Lake District


    A guitar and a set of music


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Sue Ion
Producer Paula McGinley


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