Dr. Joseph Needham FRS, FBA (1900-1995) was one of the
most outstanding intellectuals of the 20th century. As
Reader in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge,
and Fellow (later Master) of Gonville and Caius College,
in the inter-war years he was one of a group of
left-wing, socially active scientists that included such
figures as J.D. Bernal, C.H. Waddington and J.B.S.
Haldane, among others. His interests and publications
ranged far and wide beyond biochemistry - from the
history of science and the relationships between science
and religion, to steam trains and morris dancing.