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researcher in invertebrate pathology at the Division of Plant Pathogen Interactions at Rothamsted Research, fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and former associate editor of the Journal of Nematology
A gifted biology teacher
Dr Stuart WG Derbyshire
senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham
Our schoolteacher played an excellent trick on us
David Deutsch
visiting professor of physics at the University of Oxford, researcher at the Centre for Quantum Computation, and pioneer of quantum computation
The idea of finding out for myself what the laws of nature are, and how they work
Keith J Devlin
professor of mathematics at Stanford University, executive director of the Centre for the Study of Language and Information, and executive director of Media X
Sputnik 1, the first manmade satellite to be put into orbit
Dr Justin Dillon
senior lecturer in science and environmental education at King's College London, and secretary of the European Science Education Research Association
My childhood was full of astronauts and cosmonauts
Dr Tana Dineen
I don't view myself as a scientist, but as someone who respects the limits that science can put on our ignorance
Frances Downey
programme researcher at Sense About Science
My GCSE mathematics teacher
Dr K Eric Drexler
founder and emeritus chair of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, and inventor of the term 'nanotechnology'
The discovery of a wide range of biomolecular machines and devices
Jack D Dunitz
emeritus professor of chemical crystallography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
We had a good chemistry teacher, who made chemistry interesting
Marcus du Sautoy
professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, senior media fellow at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and presenter of the BBC4 programme Mind Games
The effect of a teacher taking a personal interest in me
Dr John Emsley
chemist and science writer
A boyhood fascination with fireworks, which included making my own
James E Enstrom
research professor and epidemiologist at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the University of California in Los Angeles
Two talented and dedicated teachers at my public high school
Craig Fairnington
winner of the best individual contribution prize at the National Final of the Debating Matters sixth-form debating competition
The world of quantum physics
Stanley Feldman
emeritus professor of anaesthesiology at Imperial College London
I have always enjoyed scientific puzzles
Ian Fells
emeritus professor of energy conversion at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, principal consultant at Fells Associates, and sometime energy adviser to the European Commission and the European Parliament
The rigour of studying physics and chemistry, and carrying out some of the fundamental experiments myself
Adam HR Finn
professor of paediatrics at the Bristol Institute of Child Life and Health at the University of Bristol
Unanswered but answerable questions in medicine
Professor Brian J Ford
biologist, microscopist and science writer/broadcaster
The sudden realisation, when aged about seven, that there was so very much in bioscience that we still didn't know
Dr Eliot R Forster
vice president of development at Pfizer Global Research and Development
The unfolding world of chemistry brought to me by a wizard of teaching
Kenneth Freeman
Duffield professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra
A very capable and very overworked teacher