The Royal Society

Meet the team – Bats & bugs

Posted by on 21 June 2011

Professor Andrew Cunningham’s full profile can be found on the Scientist page

The rest of the team for this exhibit include…

Alex Kamins, Zoological Society of London

What inspired you to become a scientist?
My mother. She was the most amazing teacher, and would happily answer all of my questions. When a block of cheese moulded in our fridge, she didn’t just say, “Oh it’s gone bad”—she explained how moulds grow and why they make food bad, and even how special good microbes are used to make milk into cheese! I was so fascinated by her answers and how the world around me worked I figured I had to become a scientist.
  Alison Peel, Zoological Society of London
What’s the funniest/strangest/most surprising experience you have had in your career?
In my first week working as a vet, I helped a goat that was having difficulty giving birth. It turned out that the goat kid was a cyclops. Instead of having two eyes, there was just one large on in the middle of it’s forehead!

Professor James Wood, University of Cambridge

If you could go back in time which scientist would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
I am fascinated to know how my great-great-grandfather, a fellow of the Royal Society and a military statistician who worked with Florence Nightingale, ended up working on horse diseases 130 years before I had started my career in that field. I would really like to understand what drove the Victorian explorers to make the observations and discoveries that they did.