University links with Top Ten poll
first two of ten contenders for the title of the County’s Greatest – a Leicester
Mercury poll currently attracting
considerable local interest – are both linked to the University of
Leicester: Genetics pioneer Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and playwright Joe
was here in September 1984 that Professor – now Sir – Alec Jeffreys
discovered DNA fingerprinting, which has had a worldwide impact on both
science and society, including the areas of crime detection, paternity cases
and historical identification. The citation to support the Leicester
Mercury’s case for his inclusion
in this selection says, “Without doubt, Sir Alec deserves his place in
Leicestershire’s ten greatest”.
A major collection of material relating to Leicester-born Joe Orton – a piece of literary history - is presently housed in the University of Leicester Library’s Special Collections. The Joe Orton Collection consists of manuscripts, letters and other original material written, compiled or collected by him, plus correspondence and memorabilia connected with the Orton family. Joe Orton died in 1967. Hilary Spurling of The Spectator said of him, “He deserves our attention, not simply as one of our most astute and sophisticated playwrights, but also as a portent of our times”.
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