Maestro of Venice
The Venetian glass master’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. But his inspiration both in art and life comes from simple pleasures close to home.
Father of string theory
The son of a hard-working plumber from The Bronx became the ‘father of string theory’ and one of the world’s most eminent physicists. He is now a best-selling author who is not afraid of a challenge.
A taste for life
Madhur Jaffrey may be best known for having revolutionised the way we see Indian food globally, but the polymath chef, writer and actor has many more strings to her bow. Now 84, her hunger for all that the world has to offer is far from sated.
Witness to history
Japan’s first female photojournalist fought discrimination to chronicle her nation’s postwar devastation. Now into her second century, she is still working despite breaking her legs and hand in a fall.
At 75, his curiosity and enthusiasm undimmed, this Nasa research scientist has no plans to scale down his search for extraterrestrial life. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just getting started.
After three decades as a celebrity speed queen, Dubliner Rosemary Smith retired from rally driving. But then, a few months before her 80th birthday, she received an offer she couldn’t refuse – a drive in a Formula One car.
Virginia McKenna began her career as an actress and found fame playing Joy Adamson in the 1966 film Born Free.