Pinder, Andrew: transcript of an audio interview (10-Nov-2016)
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Interview with Dr Andrew Pinder, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 10 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs Debra Gee, and edited by Professor Tilli Tansey. The project management and technical support were undertaken by Mr Adam Wilkinson and Mr Alan Yabsley, respectively. Dr Andrew Pinder MA PhD CEng MIET CPhys MInstP FRSA (b. 1953) graduated in physics from the University of Oxford in 1974. After a short period in industry, he joined the scientific staff of the Engineering Department at the NIMR in 1978, where he worked on projects ranging from eardrum vibration measurement to high-speed cell sorting and laser spectroscopy, obtaining a PhD (in collaboration with University College London) in 1983. He moved to the BBSRC Institute of Food Research in Norwich in 1985 as Senior Research Leader of the laser and imaging group in the Biophysics Department. Increasingly drawn towards communicating science to the general public, he received awards for this work from the Royal Society, the British Association, and the British Council. In 1999, with the opportunity to produce a series on cell biology for BBC2 ('Cell City'), he finally left research and started his own production company. He has since made programmes for all four major UK broadcasters, together with Teachers’ TV and many Government and corporate clients. In 2000 he received an RS/BA Millennium Fellowship.