Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It was 60 years ago (next year)

59 years ago yesterday Roger Bannister, a medical student at Oxford University in England, became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.

Which makes a reasonable segue to our physiology section. What many people don't know is that Bannister went on to a distinguished career as both a scientist and a doctor.

On the 50th anniversary of running the sub-4-minute mile, Bannister was interviewed by the BBC's sports correspondent Rob Bonnet. At the conclusion of the interview, Bannister was asked whether he looked back on the sub-4-minute mile as the most important achievement of his life. Bannister replied to the effect that no, he rather saw his subsequent forty years of practising as a neurologist and some of the new procedures he introduced as being more significant.

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