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When the next Three Mile Island vents its deadly radioactive gas, when a Chernobyl threatens to melt its superheated core, who are you going to call? The Aged Team! This new group of 00 British scientists—whose average age is over 70—is now ready to tackle all future nuclear disasters. The team is the brainchild of Sir Frederick Warner, 78, visiting professor in the departments of chemistry and law at Essex University, who became alarmed by the number of young people sent into ar

The Scientist Staff
Oct 2, 1988

When the next Three Mile Island vents its deadly radioactive gas, when a Chernobyl threatens to melt its superheated core, who are you going to call? The Aged Team! This new group of 00 British scientists—whose average age is over 70—is now ready to tackle all future nuclear disasters. The team is the brainchild of Sir Frederick Warner, 78, visiting professor in the departments of chemistry and law at Essex University, who became alarmed by the number of young people sent into areas made dangerous by radioactivity. “My idea was that if you could train older scientists and engineers to do some of the same tasks, then they would probably die of natural causes before’ they died of cancer,” he recently told London’s Sunday Times (Sept. 4, 1988). “Also, because they were older, there would be no problem of genetic defects in their children.” Among Warner’s recruits—who are on call...

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