Edward Jenner - local man who changed the face of the world

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Whatever you do, don’t miss this one! Professor Gareth Williams, author and expert on the life of Edward Jenner will be here to tell us Jenner’s story and the links between Slimbridge and all the Jenner family.

Inspired by Edward Jenner, who lived and practised near Gareth’s home in Rockhampton, he wrote Angel of Death: the story of smallpox, during a year’s sabbatical leave in 2009-10. Angel was published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2010, leading to appearances on national and international radio and television, and at the Hay Literary Festival and many other events. He has also been Public Orator at Bristol University for the conferment of several honorary degrees, including one awarded to Acker Bilk. A fluent French speaker, he is a former British President of the Anglo-French Medical Society and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Angers. His other interests include playing music (reputable and disreputable), cycling and writing fiction.

We will be working with the Jenner Museum in Berkeley to arrange a tour after the presentation. Details to follow nearer the time.

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