The Australian scientist who was responsible for much of the research work on the effects of the drug thalidomide, has been recognised by the French Institut de la Vie in a special ceremony at the Versailles Palace.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MCBRIDE: "To visit this great city, to ponder on the elegance and beauty of the building and especially this magnificent Palace and garden serves to remind me that we are the tenants of this world. And as such should not despoil our environment or plunder all our natural resources. We must aim to leave this world better than we found it. What greater challenge could we be given than to lighten the burden of human misery. The common concern of man, no matter what political system we follow, or what the geographical environment in which we live is to see that each child born will be born healthy. Freed from developmental defects, not impaired by mental retardation and not die of infection or starvation."
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Background: The Australian scientist who was responsible for much of the research work on the effects of the drug thalidomide, has been recognised by the French Institut de la Vie in a special ceremony at the Versailles Palace.
He's Dr William McBride and he was presented with the Institute's prize of 250,000 francs (GBPstg 19,000), on Tuesday(June 22).
The presentation was made by the French Minister of the Environment, M.Robert Poujade.
After the presentation ceremony, Dr McBride spoke in support of world conservation.