Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar is Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation which funds scientific research. He is a member of Sage, the scientific group currently advising the government on Covid-19.
He is the youngest of six children and was born in Singapore. His mother was an artist and his father was a teacher, who worked around the world, and the family lived in New Zealand, Cyprus and Libya.
After struggling to win a place a medical school, he trained as a doctor in London and then moved to Edinburgh to work as a neurologist. He switched to public health and was for 18 years the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, where he worked on infectious diseases, including the re-emergence of bird flu in 2004. He was knighted for services to global health in 2019, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of The Royal Society.
DISC ONE: Under The Boardwalk by The Rolling Stones
DISC TWO: The World Service Lillibulero theme, composed by Henry Purcell
DISC THREE: Muezzin Call To Prayer, recorded by David Fanshawe
DISC FOUR: Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, read by Sir Simon Russell Beale
DISC FIVE: Mallai Chroch Shli by Duncan Chisholm
DISC SIX: Nabucco: Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves from Verdi's Nabucco, by the Chicago
Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti
DISC SEVEN: 7 Seconds by Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry
DISC EIGHT: Love under the Moonlight by The Khac Chi Ensemble
BOOK CHOICE: Other Men's Flowers: An Anthology of Poetry by A. P. Wavell
LUXURY ITEM: A cricket bowling machine
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Love under the Moonlight by The Khac Chi Ensemble
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