Sir Ian Wilmut, the leader of the team that created ‘Dolly’ the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, returned to Hampton Lucy on Saturday, 7 March 2008.
He and his wife Vivienne came to meet villagers at a coffee morning organised by Ken Cockshull and Hampton Lucy Parish Council. Sir Ian was born in the parish in 1944 and although his family lived in Coventry during the war, it seems likely that his mother was evacuated to a safer place for the birth of her baby.
Sir Ian had contacted the local newsletter, The Grapevine, to enlist the help of villagers in identifying the house where he was born. Fortunately, a number of people had come forward with information and with their help it had been established that the house where he was born had been a small maternity home in the war years, well away from the Coventry bombing.
The photograph shows Sir Ian Wilmut with Joy Taplin who moved to Hampton Lucy in 1946. Joy was one of those who helped Sir Ian to identify where he was born.
After the visit, Sir Ian kindly donated £200 to encourage children born in Hampton Lucy to take an interest in Science. If you would like to apply for funding to help in your Science studies, please contact Dr John Dunkerton the Parish Clerk on 01789 642573 or e-mail.
The last children to benefit from this fund were Jasmine and Oakley Evans in 2012 from Stratford Road.