• Question: from when you were a child did you always know you wanted to be a scientist?

    Asked by rbeaumont to Carrie, Becky, Kelly, Robin, Usaid on 15 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by taylan, jonesj07, gillianmillerxo, tamararussonxo, craig2s07.
    • Photo: Robin Stafford Allen

      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      • This is the same answer that I have given to others, but I was growing up during the moon-landings. These and Concorde are the projects that I thought were fantastic and greatly encouraged me to do engineering, which I rather regards in my case of being paid for having fun most of the time!
      I had the most amazing father who was an aeronautical engineer (designs aeroplanes) and was a flight engineer in the RAF in the war. He used to encourage me to take the lawnmower or the rotovator to bits and repair them, and then I had a small motorbike (BSA) and my first car when I was 12, which of course could only be driven about 50 yards as it was not, of course, allowed on the roads (it was too old and i was too young!), but I could take it to bits and put it back together to keep it going. Regards Robin

    • Photo: Becky Selwyn

      Becky Selwyn answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      No, I used to enjoy loads of subjects! But eventually I decided I didn’t just want to learn facts and analyse things that had already happened – I wanted to create new things and solve problems, and engineering lets me do that.