Born in the UK, I grew up living throughout Europe with my parents, variously in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany.  My primary schooling was mostly conducted in French, and I picked up German along the way.  In secondary school, at the British School of Paris, then boarding at Leighton Park School in the UK  I was drawn to the sciences and went on to read Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College in London. After graduation, I joined...