A woman who has inspired me
At a time when life seemed merely to consist of obstacles and people trying to do me down, I cut out the poem by Jenny Josephs that begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me…” and placed it by my chair. It reminded me that being different can be a strength, something we should always remember.
My proudest achievement
I was the first woman to be made a professor in any of the physical sciences in Cambridge back in 1998 when only around a dozen people were promoted to professor anywhere in the university.