Born in London to parents who had emigrated from Ghana, Charlotte Armah’s scientific work may have very obvious benefits for us all. She leads experiments involving human volunteers that are designed to decide whether eating particular foods – especially broccoli – can protect us from diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. This work allows her to combine her scientific expertise (developed through comprehensive school, a degree and PhD), her keen interest in helping others (developed through voluntary work and encouraged by Christian faith) and her enjoyment of meeting and interacting with people of all kinds. She has been very successful in science – presenting her work all over the world – without feeling that science has ever been an obsession; she explains that rather than playing with chemistry sets as a child, she preferred to sing along to the Radio 1 pop music charts.
You can listen to Charlotte Armah’s full audio interview on the British Library Sounds website.