Writing exclusively for the Daily Mail yesterday, Prof Pennington:
When I saw the newsflash about the vaccine yesterday, I was immediately reminded of another – and admittedly very different – scientific achievement. The Manhattan Project in World War II led to the development of the atomic bomb. Now whatever your view of the destructive use of nuclear weapons – and tragically more than 200,000 people died at Nagasaki and Hiroshima – it is widely accepted that without their deployment that conflict would have continued.
I know he is a product of an earlier time when many believed that nuclear weapons had shortened the war and would guarantee the West’s defences against an apparently aggressive Soviet Union but, today in 2020? Really?
Is that what came to mind? He’s a bacteriologist, correctly described this time.
Were there no great breakthroughs in his world?
Fleming and antibiotics?
Lister and germ theory?
John Snow and epidemiology?
Blundell and blood transfusion?
Doll and the smoking-cancer link?
Murray and organ transplantation?
So, Hiroshima, eh? Not his own breakthrough with E coli in spam in Wishaw?
As for shortening the war, wrong, Japan was already defeated:
And the Soviet threat, much exaggerated:
Might I recommend a therapist?