The OD Issue 3 - page 17

2014 · ISSUE 3
In September 2012 the Dragon was delighted
to welcome Sir Tim Hunt (OD 1956) to the
Dragon to talk about ‘How to Win a Nobel
Prize’. Sir Tim won a Nobel medal in 2001
in the category Physiology or Medicine
for discoveries relating to the control of
division and duplication of cells. He received
a knighthood and the Queen’s Medal in
2006, and was principal scientist at Cancer
Research UK until his recent retirement.
The audience of Dragons, ODs and
parents were keen to hear from, if a little in
awe of, a scientist of such major standing.
With his enthusiasm for his subject
however and his self-deprecating style, Sir
Tim conveyed the excitement of complex
science to a mainly lay audience with
apparent simplicity and great humour. He
remembered that his failure at Latin at the
Dragon led him to science, which he liked
and could do. Early school experiences
were the start of what he described as the
never-ending journey of science where
the best breakthroughs are often very
simple. He also said he had come across
Old Dragons throughout his career and
even if he had not known them personally
could recognise them as having a certain
‘thing’ about them. He concluded by
telling the A and B Block pupils: “You are
very lucky in the way people interact with
you. Why aren’t all schools like this?”
2012: How to Win a Nobel Prize
Events and Reunions
OD Golf Day at the
Addington 2013
George Marsh (OD 1956)
Eleven golfers arrived in good time to
enjoy their bacon rolls and coffee before
setting out in near perfect conditions
to test their skills. The Addington is
a very well known course for all the
right reasons and it was in excellent
condition. Peter Holmes-Johnson
(OD 1954), a member, led us off and
his team of Bill Shelford (OD 1956)
and Tom Stanier (OD 1954) contrived
to put together a very competitive
76 points. The second group of Nick
Kane (OD 1958), Charles Gordon (OD
1959), Michael Bowles (OD 1961) and
Rupert Rowbotham (OD 1962) were
delighted to go one point better and
were hoping for first prize, but they
were disappointed when the final group
of George Marsh (OD 1956), Charles
Twort (OD 1965), Richard Wills (OD
1948) and Charles Cooper (OD 1961)
came home with 80 points. (In case
anyone is wondering how teams of
three played teams of four there was a
severe handicap imposed and points
were deducted.)
In the individual competition the
two Addington members both gained
36 points but were penalised three
points because of local knowledge
which left Charles Twort as the outright
The day finished with an excellent
meal accompanied by much chatter,
laughter and reminiscence.
2013: Comic Relief – the first 25 years
The Oxford Lecture in September 2013 saw past Dragon parent
and former Chair of Comic Relief, Peter Bennett-Jones, take to
the stage of the Lynam Hall as guest speaker. Peter’s distinguished
career in television production and talent management includes
the founding, alongside Richard Curtis, of the hugely successful
charity which has raised over £900m and worked in 70 countries
since its launch in 1985. In 2013 Peter became Chair of Trustees
of the charity, from which role he had only recently stepped down
when he came to the school.
Reflecting on the genesis of what has become a huge
philanthropic operation, Peter showed a series of TV clips of comedians and celebrities who
have performed for the pioneering TV appeal show over the years. The red nose itself has
become a widely recognised (and enthusiastically worn) symbol for the charity’s signature
formula: make people laugh and fundraise for a just world free from poverty. As Peter said,
in response to questions about why he got involved, those who are lucky in the lottery of
life have a moral duty to contribute – and in the right hands a little goes a very long way. In
addition, he said, raising awareness in younger generations is almost more important than
raising money. A sentiment keenly supported by Dragons of all ages.
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