Lord Robert Winston holds students spellbound with science lecture at Oaks Park High School
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Science professor Lord Robert Winston, instantly recognisable to TV viewers for his programmes Child of Our Time and The Human Body, held more than 350 students wrapt as he gave a lecture at Oaks Park High School on Monday, September 11.
Lord Winston, renowned for his pioneering work in fertility and research science as well as his award-winning TV programmes, talked to students at the school in Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, in a bid to inspire them to become the next generation of scientists.
He covered topics such as the use of lasers in everyday life, how every scientific invention has both advantages and disadvantages, and what inspired him to study science when at school.
Joanne Hamill, headteacher, said: “His love of learning and inspirational and groundbreaking work make him a wonderful role model for our students at Oaks Park.”
True to its nature as an inclusive school, students from every year group with an interest in science were welcome to attend, as well as many teachers. The audience of more than 350 sat spellbound as they heard thought-provoking, fascinating and sometimes humorous stories from Lord Winston.
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One sixth former said: “what really struck me was his incredible humility, when you consider everything he has done.”
Lord Winston has written more than 300 scientific publications for peer review, along with numerous books for every age range.
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He is currently Professor of Science and Society, as well as Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London and is running a research programme which aims to improve human transplantation.