Sue Lawley's guest this week is Sir Richard Sykes. The chairman of Glaxo Welcome, as a boy he was not a natural scholar, until he went to work at the pathology laboratory of his local hospital. Understanding the application of science led him to become a research scientist at Glaxo Welcome. He describes how later the Board Room lured him away from the lab, and how he came to mastermind one of the most audacious take-overs in the city.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Second Movement from Cello Concerto in B Minor by Antonin Dvořák
Book: The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin