Author Archives: Roger Gosden

About Roger Gosden

British-born scientist specializing in human and animal reproduction & embryology. Academic career spanned from Cambridge and Edinburgh to McGill and Cornell's Weill Medical College in Manhattan where he was Professor & Research Director. Married to Lucinda Veeck Gosden, embryologist for the first successful IVF team in America, he retired early to Williamsburg, Virginia, to write and to recover from 'nature deficit disorder'

GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 4 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea While all these thoughts rolled through my head, Gil was sitting on the bed beside Jake. I resumed our conversation as if I was never absent in mind. “It’s a bitter irony to be … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 3 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea I flew to the Highlands on a creaking Merpati aircraft with only one other passenger and other seats replaced by large steel drums. I would have been more nervous if I had known we … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 2 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea I learned about Papua from BBC TV as child in gray suburban London and fantasied about exploring the bush for exotic wildlife and Stone Age tribes. In time, I became a biologist, but my … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 1 of 4

For a month’s respite from new blogs I am posting a memoir dissected into four A Memoir from Western New Guinea (some names have been changed) There was a message waiting in my office from an unidentified caller. Jacob was … Continue reading

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Passchendaele

Whatever the etymology of Passchendaele, the little Flemish village sounds to me like “Valley of Passion” in English. In 1917, it was a valley of mud and cordite, steel and fire. The dirt was burned and scoured of life, except … Continue reading

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