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Roger Altounyan

Physician and pharmacologist

My first ever subject for audio biography was Dr Roger Altounyan, my father, who I recorded more than 25 years ago.

Roger is the reason why I love audio biography so much today.

Roger was an Anglo - Syrian from Aleppo who studied medicine in Cambridge.

He was an asthma sufferer and determined to find a cure, Roger went on to discover a world famous anti - asthma drug having spent many years using himself as human guinea pig to find the right treatment.

In his childhood, Roger and his siblings became the inspiration for Arthur Ransome children's fictional Classic " Swallows & Amazons. "

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