Member Talk: A Curious Boy with Professor Richard Fortey FRS FRSL
Member & Patron Virtual Event
Free, online event - no ticket required
Monday 8 November 2021, 19.00-20.00
Professor Richard Fortey is an acclaimed and multi-award-winning writer and television presenter alongside his role as Senior Palaeontologist at the Museum.
Join us for an hour of inspiring and home-grown natural history as he discusses how he went from curious child to world-renowned scientist with Merit Researcher and dinosaur specialist, Professor Paul Barrett.
Charming, funny and wise, in 'A Curious Boy', Richard retraces a life in the thrall of science and shows how restless curiosity about the natural world led him to become a leading scientist and writer.
From a garden shed laboratory where he manufactured the greatest stink in the world to a tent high in the arctic in pursuit of fossils, in this book Richard divulges his obsession and love of nature.
'What makes a scientist? I was first made on a riverbank. Did my early life somehow dictate the person I became? That small boy in grey flannel shorts doggedly tracking a virtuoso father along a chalk stream eventually became a scientist and writer. The roots of my own life were nourished on summer days in the Berkshire countryside just pottering about and wading through marshes.'
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