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Professor Mike Oliver, Jacques Loussier, Professor Richard Lacey, The Reverend Ruth Scott

Matthew Bannister on disability rights activist Mike Oliver, pianist Jacques Loussier, microbiologist Richard Lacey and vicar Ruth Scott.

Pictured: Jacques Loussier

Matthew Bannister on

Mike Oliver, who was paralysed from the neck down after diving into a swimming pool as a teenager. He became the UK's first Professor of Disability Studies and transformed the debate about disabled people's rights.

Jacques Loussier, the French pianist and composer best known for his jazz arrangements of the works of J.S. Bach.

Professor Richard Lacey, the microbiologist who warned of the dangers to humans of mad cow disease.

The Reverend Ruth Scott, the Anglican vicar known for her appearances on Radio 2's Pause for Thought and Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

Interviewed guest: Colin Barnes
Interviewed guest: Peter White
Interviewed guest: Alyn Shipton
Interviewed guest: Dr John Heritage
Interviewed guest: The Reverend Chris Scott
Producer: Neil George

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Mike Oliver

Born 3 February 1945; died 2 March 2019, aged 74.

Last Word spoke to Colin Barnes, Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, and Peter White, BBC Disability Affairs Specialist.

Jacques Loussier

Born 26 October 1934; died 5 March 2019, aged 84.

Last Word spoke to Alyn Shipton, writer, musician, broadcaster and jazz historian.

Professor Richard Lacey

Born 11 October 1940; died 3 February 2019, aged 78.

Last Word spoke to Dr John Heritage, former colleague and retired Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Leeds.

The Reverend Ruth Scott

Born 2 January 1959; died 20 February 2019, aged 60.

Last Word spoke to her husband The Reverend Chris Scott.


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