© Judith Aronson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Judith Aronson
R-type colour print, 1978
15 1/2 in. x 10 5/8 in. (394 mm x 269 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller (1934-), Physician, theatre and opera director, and television presenter. Sitter in 29 portraits.
Events of 1978back to top
Current affairsThe country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, petrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.
Art and scienceLouise Brown from Oldham in Greater Manchester becomes the world's first 'test-tube baby'. The 'in vitro' fertilisation procedure was a scientific breakthrough that has given thousands of infertile couples the opportunity to conceive.
Iris Murdoch wins the Booker prize with her novel. The Sea, the Sea.