Nobel prize winner talks to students about science

Prof Sir JOhn Walker visits Rastrick High School. Rhys Haywood, Simran Matthu, Lauren Maltas, Matthew Wilson, Grace Goswami, Prof Sir John Walker & Prab Bains.
Prof Sir JOhn Walker visits Rastrick High School. Rhys Haywood, Simran Matthu, Lauren Maltas, Matthew Wilson, Grace Goswami, Prof Sir John Walker & Prab Bains.

Professor Sir John Walker FRS returned to his former high school to talk to students about science.

Prof Walker, a Nobel prize winner in chemistry, agreed to speak to students in year nine on the topic of ‘Me, Myself and I’. He talked about his background, his school days at the former Rastrick Grammar School and his interest in science. During his visit Mr Walker spoke to year 12 and 13 scientists about his work.

He enjoyed lunch with the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and his wife Janet before speaking with year ten, 11 and 12 students about higher education and applying to university in particularly Cambridge.

As part of a range of activities that day to encourage students to study science at university there was a visit from a professor at University of Huddersfield.

Teacher John Garrat said: “It’s fantastic that our students can get to meet such an eminent scientist.

“We were delighted to welcome ‘our professor’ back and his work is a constant inspiration to a new generation of scientists here at Rastrick High.”