What Sir Mark Walport taught me during his visit to the University of Lincoln

Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine

I was privileged to witness Professor Sir Mark Walport opening today of the magnificent new Isaac Newton Building. This is the home of the Schools of Mathematics and Physics; Engineering; and Computer Science. Sir Mark gave the “Great Lives” lecture attended by over 400 students, industrialists, academics and important dignitaries. He gave a candid and entertaining reflection on his career ranging from his early interest in medical sciences to chair of the Welcome Trust to government’s chief scientific advisor through to being appointed as the CEO designate of newly formed United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Sir Mark Walport

Here are 10 things I learned from his visit.

  1. Sir Mark emphasised the importance of being curious and enthusiastic about things.   These drove his early interest in medical science. This is a key quality for any researcher regardless of the field of interest. It is the starting point in any discovery. The great…

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