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Helen Sharman on Elsie Widdowson

Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, tells Matthew Parris why food scientist Elsie Widdowson is her choice for a great life.

How many people realise the impact Elsie Widdowson had on the way we view nutrition? She was a food scientist who devoted her life to improving the diets of adults and children in Britain and abroad.

Matthew Parris hears why Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, thinks Widdowson deserves her nomination.

They are joined by Elsie's friend and biographer Margaret Ashwell, President for the Association for Nutrition.

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Producer: Maggie Ayre.

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30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Helen Sharman
Interviewed Guest Margaret Ashwell
Producer Maggie Ayre


  • Tue 5 Sep 2017 16:30
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