Eva standing in front of Discovery on the mobile launch platform on the way to the launch pad.

Eva Firmani

First published on the Technicians Make it Happen website. Below is the full version. Name: Eva Firmani DOB: 7th November … More

Neil Papworth

Neil Papworth sent the first ever text message in 1991 when working as a technician. The message red “Merry Christmas”.

Dennis Busby, 1969 & 2013 (Archives of the NIMR at Mill Hill and Mr Busby)

Den Busby

Den Busby (1919-?) worked at the National Institute for Medical Research from the age of 15. He started work there in 1934 so his career spanned a time of great change for science technicians with improving conditions and a breaking down of old social barriers in the laboratory.

Cape point, Gareth Griffiths

Gareth Griffiths – a steely technician

Gareth is a sculpture technician at the University of Leeds in the School of Design. He helps students bring three-dimensional fruition to their treasured ideas; ideas that until then have only ever existed in their heads. This is his #TechnicianJourney.

Lord Bhattacharyya presents Vicky Wilson with her Lifetime Achievement Award

Vicky Wilson

Vicky Wilson rescued DNA fingerprinting from the laboratory dustbin of history. Hers was the first DNA in the world to be fingerprinted when she worked for Professor Sir Alex Jeffreys at the University of Leicester.

Clare Stevenson’s #TechnicianJourney

Clare is passionate about her work, about technicians, and about dancing. She is currently a Research Assistant at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. This is her #TechnicianJourney.

Jackie Hudson's #TechnicianJourney

Jackie Hudson: a technician under the microscope

Excited by science as a school girl, Jackie started out as a trainee technician and will end her career in April 2019 as a technical specialist in high resolution microscopy and laboratory manager. This is her #TechnicianJourney.

Matthew working at a lathe

Matthew Broadbent: a bespoke technician

Matthew is a mechanical engineer working in the School of Chemistry building bespoke apparatus. He works with aluminium, steel, Teflon, and bikes, although the latter is (mostly) in his spare time. This is his #TechnicianJourney.

Kelly Vere: A voice for technicians

For the last 2 years, Kelly Vere has been talking about technicians to every important person she can find, representing us [technicians] at the Science Council.