Siddhartha Mukherjee looks back on his time at Oxford

Posted by Kendall Harmon

How did you find Oxford in 1993 after Stanford?

The differences were stark. Stanford is sunny, dry, very California, very informal; Oxford is cloudy, wet, and quite formal! Stanford was founded in the late 19th century, and Oxford’s ethos at first glance appears to belong to another era. But both schools are places of ideas and have a very committed academic culture.

What were your first impressions?

I lived at Magdalen in a ground-floor room looking onto Longwall Street. It was quite dismal so I spent as much time as I could in the Magdalen gardens. But in my second year I had a beautiful apartment that overlooked Rose Lane and the rose gardens in the Daubeny Building, and that was like being moved from a black hole into the most beautiful place on campus.

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Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Kendall Harmon wrote:

Caught this one in the latest Oxford Today magazine, which I am blessed to receive as an alumnus.

I love the story about his hardship and what happened for him to make the difference.

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