December 2010 Archives
The 350th anniversary day of the Royal Society was this last week, and Brum-graduate Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse (about whom I've written before) became President of the said Society. So it seems right that this blogpost should be about one of the "inspirational" New Optimists who can put the prestigious letters, FRS, after his name.
He's a chemist. Just finished his three-year stint as Head of the Chemistry Department at Warwick University in fact.
He's an inorganic chemist to be precise. So knowledgable about the hundred or so elements that make up everything in the known universe.
Like any scientist, though, he's more aware of what he doesn't know in his area of expertise than what he does. His optimism is grounded here, in what he doesn't know, and so in the excitement of discovery.
He has reason to be. His discoveries have made our world a better place.