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Monday, 15 December 2014
Old Boy Professor Malcolm Stevens returned to Bolton School to address the Year 9 boys about the choices that lie ahead of them. The Year 9s are looking forward to choosing their GCSE modules next term, so this was a great time for them to receive advice and guidance on what the future might bring.
Professor Stevens attended the Boys’ Division from 1945 to 1957, and was the son of the School’s Director of Music at the time. He talked to the boys about how his teachers at Bolton School inspired him to take Chemistry at A Level and beyond, leading him to an interesting career in pharmacy.
“Pharmacy is about novel molecules”, he told the boys. These are literally molecules that have unusual and exciting biological properties, and which also have appropriate pharmaceutical properties.
After completing his PhD at Nottingham University, Professor Stevens went on to Aston University, where his team was involved in the discovery and development of temozolomide, a ‘wonder drug’ treatment for brain tumours which is still in use today. His experiences in the chemistry labs at Bolton School were the springboard that led him to a career at the forefront of cancer research and treatment.
Professor Stevens reminded the boys that they have similar opportunities ahead of them, too, and that it is never too early to start thinking about where their choices might take them. The talk was both informative and funny, keeping the boys engaged throughout, and will hopefully have inspired the boys to start thinking about their GCSE choices to come.
Professor Stevens was awarded an OBE for his work in 1999, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was also President of the Old Boys’ Association in 2013.
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