My 6 years with Murdoch were pivotal for my entire research career.
I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion.
I was by far the youngest of the family, and at times it was like being an only child.
I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity.
I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science.
During the winter my attention was attracted to the changes in the stars and planets in the sky.
At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school, Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways.
Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem.