Glyn Wainwright, BTECH Chemistry 1965-1969 and MSc Computing 1982
Publisher, Biosciences Researcher & Recording Engineer
"Bradford Institute of Technology, BIT in 1965, was an ultramodern building bordered by cobbled streets lit by gaslight. At just 17, I was the youngest Chemistry student in the company of other very mature students who wore suits and ties, reflecting the fact that many were sent by their employers. Immediately recruited by the Film Society as a projectionist, I later helped form the student union's Technical Services Association (TSA)."
My wife, Liz, studied Modern Languages and we first met at our 1965 Freshers' Ball. We were entertained by Duke Ellington on his 1967 tour, danced to Pink Floyd, and saw John Cleese with Michael Palin perform the dead parrot sketch from 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' - all in the University's Great Hall. Time was found for study too! Other significant events were the granting of Bradford's University Charter and Installation of Sir Harold Wilson as Chancellor in 1966. In 1969, now Prime Minister, he presided over our graduation.
A year working at Leeds Medical School was followed by a PGCE and ten years teaching - becoming Head of Chemistry and a Chief Examiner. Returning to Bradford in 1981 to obtain an MSc in Computing, I met Lord Wilson for a second time [photo]. My career in Information Technology began just before the PC and Internet caught the world's imagination.
Having lunch with Bill Gates in the late 1980s, I squandered an opportunity. I tried to tell him that his new operating system 'Windows' (TM) was going to be too big. It left no room in memory for the applications we were developing. His response was that we should buy more memory. I remained sceptical, I was technically correct but commercially naïve! My systems management career survived this encounter and 'Windows' did OK too!
The Biochemistry I learned at Bradford may have saved my life 33 years later. In 2002, although perfectly fit and well, I was persuaded to try cholesterol lowering medication. Within six days I developed a wide range of damaging symptoms. Abandoning the medication I quickly recovered. I had vaguely recalled studying cholesterol in my final year and retrieved my old student Biochemistry book from our loft. I had two issues to revise; 1) 'What does cholesterol do?' and 2) 'How might statins work?'.
Discovering that something was seriously amiss in modern Biochemistry, in 2009 I wrote my first ever review paper in medicine. It was published in the journal - Archives of Medical Science. It was a seminal defence of cholesterol and became the 2nd most cited paper in the journal that year.
Subsequently I was invited to team up with a senior MIT researcher and we have so far published five papers together. This has led to invitations to participate in conferences and a parliamentary review. Our independent research reviews are breaking new ground. A 'data mining' of Public Medical Libraries and Journals continues, and we expect to carry on challenging old medical dogmas with amazing new facts.
For the layman this might be summarised as...'Cholesterol is innocent, it was Sugar wot dunnit!'
Published November, 2015