3 of 4 portraits of Michael Palin
© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1984
11 7/8 in. x 9 in. (303 mm x 228 mm)
Given by Trevor Leighton, 1987
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Artistback to top
- Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist associated with 248 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Events of 1984back to top
Current affairsThe Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'
Art and scienceDr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.