Dame Athene Donald

Pioneering physicist says an unusual career can bring rewards

25 July 2014

It can be uncomfortable to be a pioneer or in a minority in any field, but “being different can be good”, Prof. Dame Athene Donald told an IOP lecture audience on 24 July

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