Reporter 409, 3 November 1997

Student’s pride as chemist father wins “ultimate accolade”

“A journalist rang my father a couple of weeks ago to ask him how it felt to win a Nobel Prize,” second year English student Miriam Walker told the Reporter. “He said he didn’t know – that was the first he’d heard of it!”

John Walker has won the Nobel Laureate for Chemistry for his work on Alzheimer’s disease at the MRC in Cambridge. His daughter said “It’s brilliant, I’m so proud of him. He’s worked so hard on this for nearly twenty years and he deserves it. He’s won other prizes but this is the ultimate accolade.

“My sister and I aren’t following in his scientific footsteps but he’s very pleased I came to Leeds as he’s a Yorkshireman – he’s from Halifax.”

Mr Walker will attend the award ceremony in Stockholm next month with his family and colleagues.

The Reporter has been shortlisted in this year’s Heist awards as one of the country’s best higher education internal news publications, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson reported to Senate. Newsletters from the University of Leicester and Glasgow Caledonian University have also been shortlisted. The awards ceremony will be held at the University on 24 November.

Leeds Student newspaper won the runner-up prize in the The Guardian/ NUS media awards announced on 25 October. Piers Martin won feature writer of the year and Alex Kibble received an Impact Award for science articles.

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