" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Raymond Tallis

Raymond Tallis was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester until he left to become a full-time writer in 2006. Author of more than 250 medical publications, Tallis was, in 2007 presented with the Lord Cohen Gold Medal for Research into ageing and, in the same year, the Healthwatch Award for promoting evidence-based medicine. He was elected fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research into stroke and epilepsy.

In addition to his medical works, Tallis is author of many works of fiction and poetry, and has written on the philosophy of the mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. His books include The Kingdom of Infinite Space, Hippocratic Oaths: Medicine and its Discontents, In Defence of Realism, The Knowing Animal, Hunger and Absence. 2007 Tallis was nominated in the Independent as one of "50 Brains of Britain" and in April 2008 appeared as a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Ray has been on Little Atoms twice.

Interview one first broadcast on 12th September 2008.

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Interview two first broadcast on 20th November 2009.

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