Alma Mater

I was watching a recently recorded episode of The Big Bang Theory, which had a plot about encouraging women in science. That made me think of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, one of only four women to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Until 2009 she was the only woman outside the Curie family to be so honored. She was a former student of the High School that I attended. Our science block bore her name and she was the school’s most lauded pupil.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

It was only today, looking up Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin on Wikipedia that I  followed the link to Sir John Leman High School. The entry included a list of notable famous students. On that list was the veteran actor Sir John Mills. I cannot recall him ever being mentioned, although to most he was clearly the more recognizable name and face. Maybe he was and my science geek tendencies just made Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin the more memorable person.

Having written this post in draft, I put it aside and watched a charming British coming of age comedy called Sixty-Six. The film included a mention and archive footage of another Sir John Leman alumni; Sir Stanley Rous in his role as president of FIFA.

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