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Spin-Outs: Creating Businesses from University Intellectual Property by Graham Richards

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Scientific Origins

My birth date was especially lucky. Being born on the first day of the last quarter of 1939, 1 October, meant that I missed national service by a day: a matter for regret at the time. It gave me an extra full year of salaried life as an Oxford academic since one retires on 30 September following one’s 67th birthday. Above all, it meant that I completed my Oxford doctorate in 1964, at a time when academic jobs were very easy to get. Universities were expanding or being created all over the world and the flow of new positions seemed endless. It was a situation that lasted about three years. My doctorate was in physical chemistry, largely as a spectroscopist, but again due to the fortunate age, I was one of the first generation ...

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