Biographical

Biographical

‘Yesterday i had the honour of drinking coffee with Madam ’. Those were the words of my father, who was an engineer in charge of the electricity network of The Three Valleys in Savoy. He went on to say that she was a very important personality who had received the Nobel Prize. I was about…

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D Dr Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynaecologist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from east Congo. He has become the world’s leading specialist in the treatment of wartime sexual violence and a global campaigner against the use of rape as a weapon of war. As a child Denis Mukwege accompanied his father,…

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Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Nadia’s peaceful life was brutally interrupted in 2014 when Daesh (Islamic State) attacked her homeland of Sinjar – with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis, have…

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1.Early days I was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on September 12, 1945. My father, Alan, was an actuary for Prudential Life Insurance, where he would spend most of his career. He had graduated from the University of Toronto, majoring in math and physics. Alas, I did not inherit his mathematical prowess. My mother…

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Kazuo ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on 8th November 1954. The house he lived in for the first five years of his life had been built in the traditional Japanese style, with tatami mats and sliding shoji screens. Early photographs show Ishiguro as a baby, sitting as formally as he was then able, in…

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I remember reading this big book, The Wonders of Life on Earth, when I was eleven or twelve. It said bird migration was controlled by some kind of internal timer, some kind of clock. Some birds, it explained, use the position of the sun to orient their migration, and the clocks in their heads are…

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My parents and Germany: tough times My parents were born and raised in Germany. My mother Hilda was born in 1914 and came from a secular, quite comfortable family in Berlin. Her father, my grandfather, Magnus Sonntag had a pharmacy, which still exists today with the same name and in the same location (Marien-Apotheke, Wilhelmsaue…

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J effrey C. Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York, near the end of World War II (in Europe). His parents, fortunately for him, were among rare young adults in the U.S. who achieved college educations during the Depression. Hall’s father used his higher education credentials to become a journalist, his mother a school teacher.…

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Early years I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 19th July 1945. My mother Grace Goldie, after two weeks convalescence, took me back on the train to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England, to re-join my father John Henderson, who was a baker at Bryson’s in Berwick. My mother was born in Edinburgh and my father in Tadcaster, North…

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I was born on September 12, 1940 in Weidenau/Sieg, Germany. Since 1972 the town has been part of Siegen, a city with currently some 100,000 inhabitants, situated at the southern tip of North Rhine Westphalia. The mountainous area around it is called Siegerland, for centuries home of the iron mining, processing and manufacturing industry. Mining…

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