I think I knew I wanted to be something like a scientist from a pretty early age. I remember trying to mend a broken radio when I was about 5 years old at playschool – that must be my first memory of getting hooked on something technical (I was absolutely convinced I could mend the thing!)
No Siree I did not. In fact I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to be in science until quite recently. I knew I wanted to be a doctor in about the middle of senior school but I told my mum and dad I was going to be a philosopher like Diogenes and live in a tub ( he used to carry a lamp around in the day-time looking for an honest man). I realised I wanted to consider science when I was 2 years in to medical school and did a degree in biochemistry but I didn’t really like it. I came back to science after taking part in an interesting medical project that used genetic fingerprintiing to identify a nasty bacteria that was passing between patietns in one of the respiratory clinics. I haven’t regretted it this time.
As a child I loved a TV programme “All creatures Great and Small” which was about a vet working in the Yorkshire Dales. I was inspired to be a vet myself and even spent 2 years volunteering for a local Vet’s practice. As this is a science based subject I guess I always knew I had a leaning this way, especially as I was always keen on nature and wildlife.