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Sir Paul Nurse

Sue Lawley's castaway is Director-General of Science at Cancer Research UK Sir Paul Nurse.

This week the castaway on Desert Island Discs is Sir Paul Nurse, the Director General of Science for the charity Cancer Research UK. Thanks to his work on the genes controlling the division of cancer cells, Sir Paul was one of three scientists to share the Nobel Prize for Medicine last year. In conversation with Sue Lawley, he talks about his life and work and chooses eight records to take to the mythical island.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Dancing In The Street by David Bowie/Mick Jagger
Book: Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
Luxury: A telescope

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Fri 15 Feb 2002 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • David Bowie & Mick Jagger

      Dancing In The Street

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Emil Gilels

    • Beethoven Sonaten.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sonny & Cher

    I Got You Babe

    • The Best Sixties Album In The World! Ever.
    • Virgin.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor - 3rd movement

    Soloist: David Oistrakh, Pierre Fournier

    • Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Brahms Double.
    • Philips.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Recorder Sonata in F Major, Op. 1/11 - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Marion Verbruggen/Ton Koopman

    • Handel, the Complete Sonatas for Recorder.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Billy Joel

    Just The Way You Are

    • The Stranger.
    • CBS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 3 (finale)

    Soloist: Alfred Deller/Elizabeth Harwood

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    • London.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

    Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Christa Ludwig

    • Cosi fan Tutte.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Ascent of Man - Jacob Bronowski

  • Luxury Choice

    • A telescope


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Paul Nurse


  • Sun 10 Feb 2002 11:15
  • Fri 15 Feb 2002 09:00

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