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Imagine an 18-year-old boy eagerly hurrying to school on a frosty autumn morning, excited by the coming day – not by the prospect of the afternoon’s rugby, or talking to girls in the yard, but by the unfolding world of chemistry brought to me by a wizard of teaching, Dave Mead. His classes were brimming over with hands-on experience, packed with organic and physical insights and jammed with simple ways to fathom periodicity.

In days when schoolroom science was not second class and bowed low by media studies, Mead and his beholding students could truly shine. I was inspired then, and I am still inspired now, with my lasting gratitude and a burning desire to see another generation shine.